For our inaugural NEA Art Works-funded Making LA event we're visiting a piece of LA history at Echo Park Lake. Originally built in 1860 as a reservoir for drinking water, the Lake and surrounding park recently underwent a two-year, $45 million rehabilitation. The trash, urban detritus and bacteria that killed the fish and flowers are gone. In its place are nearly 400 new lotus plants, spruced up walking paths, newly planted native greenery, and a restored fountain, boathouse and The Lady of the Lake. Plus, the pedal boats are back, as well as the newly opened Square One cafe!
Join us on September 28th for a tour of this recently restored piece of parkland that once again serves as Echo Park's backyard. We'll be hearing from the architects, engineers and politicians who helped make it happen, followed by a BYOP (bring your own picnic!) by the Lake.
Echo Park Lake Tour
Saturday, September 28th
Meet at 11:30 in front of the boathouse
751 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles CA 90026
Street Parking Only, Metro Local Line 92
Our plan for the day:
- 11:30am: Meet in front of the boathouse
- 12n: Tour begins with opening remarks by newly elected councilmember Mitch O'Farrell from Council District 13.
- 12:15ish: We will then tour the park with Black & Veatch engineer Jim Rasmus and AECOM landscape architect Josh Segal, two of the key leads who oversaw this complex rehabilitation.
- 1pm: We encourage you to bring a picnic or purchase lunch at Square One and stay to enjoy the park. Pedal boats will also be available for rent on a first come, first serve basis.
- Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, a blanket, a frisbee and anything else to enjoy a day by the lake.
When & Where
design east of La Brea
design east of La Brea (you can call us "dee-lab") is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of LA.