ECHO PARK — The estimated $45 million spent on cleaning up and renovating Echo Park Lake did not include any money to repair the crumbling sidewalk that rings the landmark park. But that nearly mile-long cement sidewalk is now being replaced at a cost of about $300,000*. The sidewalk and related improvements are part of the $10 million the city recently allocated to improve sidewalks near city facilities, said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. About $1.5 million of that amount was allocated for projects near city parks, including Echo Park Lake.
In a statement, O’Farrell said the new $300,000 Echo Park Lake sidewalk is a worthy investment:
“Improving access and safety in our City parks is one of my number one priorities, and I am thrilled this work is finally taking shape. This is one more addition that will create an even better experience at Echo Park Lake.”
The new sidewalk is scheduled to be completed by the end of June in time for this year’s Lotus Festival in July.
* Correction: A previous story said the new sidewalk would cost $1.5 million. That’s wrong. The amount was based on information provided by Council District 13, which has corrected the figure to $300,000.