Echo Park’s newest park does a lot with a little space

Paths wind between play areas, fitness equipment and chairs and tables

Paths wind between play areas, fitness equipment and chairs and tables

ECHO PARK –– Wedged between homes and alleyways, Patton Street Park and Garden occupies less than half an acre of property. But when the new park officially opens this coming weekend, visitors will find a lot to do in the relatively small space, which has been packed with play areas, winding paths, fitness equipment, benches and tables and a community garden. Of course, there are trees, small amounts of turf and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The park was built by the Trust for Public Land on three empty lots next in an area where homes and apartment buildings are jammed together on narrow streets. More than 200 residents weighed in during numerous community meetings and workshop to determine the design and activities in the park, located on Patton Street next to a city recreation center. More than $2.7 million in state grants and private donations financed the park construction, according to the Trust for Public Land.

The fenced park, which will be operated and maintained by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, will be open sunrise to sunset.

A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m.

The park entry gate is custom built by artist James Naish

The park entry gate is custom built by artist James Naish

Fitness equipment is found across the park

Fitness equipment is found across the park

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  1. This park looks absolutely charming. Congrats to the community’

  2. Anybody know what was there before?

  3. Shahrzad Warkentin

    Does it have a waterfall/stream like the original plan showed?

  4. Looks like a great balance of natural elements and fun stuff for kids. Also they’ve chosen tree varieties that are fast-growing and will offer lots of shade in ~5-10 years. It’d be nice to see the new York park updated in this direction.

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