New green space taking shape in Echo Park

Echo Park

Layout for the Patton Street Park and Garden | TPL

ECHO PARK —  After several years of planning and preparation,  work is expected to begin soon on transforming  empty lots next to a city recreation center on Patton Street  into an approximately half-acre park and community garden.

A ceremonial ground breaking was held last month and construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks on the $2.2 million Patton Street Park and Garden, according Jodi Delaney, Los Angeles Program Director for The Trust for Public Land, which has spearheaded the project.  The .57-acre park in the southern section of Echo Park is on the small side but planners are going to pack it will numerous features, Delaney said via email. The list includes:

  • Two play areas: One for ages 5-12, includes swing, merry-go-all (accessible merry-go-round), big slide and sand area; One for ages 2-5, includes sailboat play structure
  • An adventure path and waterfall and stream area
  • Adult Fitness equipment (6 pieces)
  • A meandering path, seating (two picnic tables and multiple seatwalls), drought tolerant plantings, shade trees, small turf area
  • Community garden, includes fruit trees, 8 beds, picnic table under a shade trellis, seating
  • Mosaic art and decorative fencing

“The Patton Street Park and Garden will be within a half mile of 17,000 residents, providing a unique outdoor place for families, children, teens and seniors to meet, play, and relax,” Delaney said.

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  1. This is fantastic! Did a landowner donate the property or was it already owned by the city? Either way, super cool this is happening.

  2. Who designed this thing? It looks like something a first year Landscape Architecture student at someplace sad like CalPoly would design.

  3. But seriously, who draws a pomegranate tree as bigger than a citrus tree? Why would anyone think that a shrubby pomegranate tree can go in front of a gate (you can’t walk under them). You can’t put community garden beds that need full sun under an avocado tree that casts heavy shade.

    And lets face it, the meandering path is one of the worst garden cliches out there. Plus, it will actually encourage people to take shortcuts through the planting area.

  4. Hope there is a maintness plan.

    • Oh there’s always a maintenance plan. The question is, “is there a maintenance budget?” If not, it will end up looking like a weedy mess like Rio de Los Angeles State Park.

  5. Great news. Always glad to see there’s more green space, more parks, more outdoors time. Thank God for groups like the TPL and Northeast Trees making sure spaces stay green.

  6. The park looks great, but not to be too picky, Echo Park is not the Eastside. It is west of downtown. Just sayin.

  7. Any updates on this? It’s been 6 months since the supposed “groundbreaking ceremony” and nothing has happened at the site since….

  8. I’ve been living on Patton Street for about 18 years and I am happy to finally see something being built next to what used to be The Boys and Girls Club. It has been an empty dirt lot for many years and always wished they would build something for the kids around this area. I drive through the construction site everyday when I go to work and though at times it’s frustrating because the trailer trucks are blocking my way and I have turn back or wait I am happy that our community is getting better and better each day.

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