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Echo Park Lake reopens with echoes of the past

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Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Just two months ago the 29-acre Echo Park Lake re-opened to the public after two years of reconstruction.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Residents from my mother’s assisted living facility made the trip there for a picnic this week. As you know, I always enjoy going along on these outings.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

It was another beautiful southern California summer day and great to be outdoors.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

In 2006, Echo Park Lake was identified by the State of California as an impaired water body.

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It has been rehabilitated to help remedy storm water pollution, meet the State’s water quality standards and make the lake more sustainable.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

And the water lilies seem to be enjoying the clean water.

And the water lilies seem to be enjoying the clean water.

Not to mention the kids in their jungle jim.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

The lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water. Legend has it that the lake got its name as workers building the original reservoir said they could hear their voices echoing off the canyon walls.

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Map showing the area in 1894 looking north to the mountains. If you look closely you can see a cluster of oil wells at the bottom center, not an unusual sight in those days.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Today Echo Park Lake is a Los Angeles icon that functions primarily as a detention basin in the City’s storm drain system, while providing recreational benefits and a wildlife habitat.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

About five years ago all the lotus flowers—a variety of nelumbo nucifera—that the park was famous for over a number of decades, died off for some mysterious reason. Some blame people digging for lotus roots that are an Asian delicacy. Others point fingers at maintenance procedures that destroyed the seeds.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

These new lotuses (loti?) were planted in February from cuttings taken from the old plants. They are currently growing under netting to protect them from birds until they reach adulthood. Let’s hope they live long and prosper.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

In past years Echo Park Lake has hosted an annual Lotus Festival. I believe it will return next year when the lotuses have established themselves once again.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Statue honoring Our Lady, Queen of the Angels (Nuestra Mujer, la Reina de Los Angeles), fondly known as Lady of the Lake.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake is close to downtown as you can see from the photo. It is located between the 101 Freeway/Hollywood Freeway on the south and Sunset Boulevard to the north.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

One of the earliest silent film studios was built in Echo Park in 1912 and any movie of that era that needed water was filmed on the lake. Since then too many movies and TV shows to mention have used that location. If you ever saw “Chinatown” with Jack Nicholson, then you have seen Echo Park Lake!

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

In 1986 a movie named Echo Park starred Susan Dey and Tom Hulce.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

And the newly elected Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti lives in the Echo Park district.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

The fountains were installed for the Olympics held in Los Angeles in 1984.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

I have no idea what this red-leafed tree is but it certainly is lovely.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

This tree I do know. Gold Medallions are blooming all over the Los Angeles area right now.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Lovely day for a family outing or a stroll around the lake.

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Echo Park Lake Los Angeles

Too bad we have to leave and can’t stay with this mother pushing her stroller and the ice cream vendor with his sweet fare for sale. But onward we must go.

Sources include: http://www.echoparklake.org/english/index.htm.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

6 thoughts on “Echo Park Lake reopens with echoes of the past

  1. Super photos Roslyn, now I have one more gorgeous place to visit. Great place to spend the day with family and friends.

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  2. Very nice pics, I used to live right down the street from the lake, on brandon street, right before 405 i think.!

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  3. Thank you, Roslyn, for these lovely photos. They brought back such joyful memories of the many childhood hours spent at Echo Park with my family in the 1950s. Best regards, Patti LaMacchia Simons

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