Echo Park Lake blooms with life one year after reopening

Lotus and downtown view at Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK — It’s been nearly a year since Echo Park Lake reopened to the public after a lengthy closure and extensive clean up.  Despite heavy use, lawn problems,  pink blobs  and  yoga controversies, the lake and surrounding park have held up pretty well over the past 12 months.  This week, only a month before the return of the Lotus Festival,  workers were “weeding” the lake as photographers looked for the best angle to capture images of pink lotus blossoms and blue water lilies.

Echo Park Lake lilies | Darrell Kunitomi

Worker hauling away water weeds from the lake | Darrell Kunitomi

Focusing on the lotus bed

Lotus blooms can’t wait for Lotus Festival


  1. Aquatic wildlife Report, sighted:

    — Red-eared slider turtles, young to adults

    — large carp/koi, including spectacular orange and black one.

    — Crawfish, or crawdads.

    — Apple snails still in-place and may never leave, terrible invasive.

    — Largemouth bass, adults and thousands of fry. Females have given birth in the lake. Who dropped those in…?

  2. It’s unfortunate that a lot of those Lotus photographers are trampling the landscaping to get their pictures.

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