Echo Park Lake project updates

It’s hard to believe our beloved Echo Park Lake closed down a year ago as part of the $65 million renovation project under Proposition O – the state’s water quality act. Since then, the lake has been drained and dredged, and a new lake bed is being built.

So far everything appears to be on schedule for the lake’s grand re-opening in May 2013. The Lotus bed is also expected to return with the opening of the lake, as they are currently being grown by aquatic plant expert Randy McDonald in Reseda.

Street sweeping returns to Echo Park Avenue

Echo Park Avenue residents near the lake take heed – street sweeping will return back to its regular schedule beginning the week of August 6, 2012.

The east side of Echo Park Avenue will be swept on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon; while the west side (lake side) will be swept on Fridays during the same time period.

Tour of construction site

The Proposition O Citizens’ Oversight Advisory Committee (COAC) will conduct a tour of the project site on August 16 at 9:00 am.

A committee meeting will be held afterwards at 11:00 am in the nearby Rec Center. Attendees are asked to wear sturdy shoes and long pants (hard hats will be provided).

If you’re interested in attending the tour, you are required to RSVP to Katie Clark at or (213) 847-0395 by August 10.  Please mention if you need Spanish-language translation services during the tour.

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