ECHO PARK - The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) just broke ground on a $300,000 dollar sidewalk improvement project that will create a safe passageway for visitors and improve access at one of the most popular City parks, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
Crews are currently working on a section of the park along Echo Park Avenue near the 101 Freeway. RAP hired a contractor who will replace the concrete sidewalks surrounding the entire outer perimeter of the park, and create easier access as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“I have been working on improvements to Echo Park Lake since before I took office,” said O’Farrell, who announced the work on Instagram. “Improving access and safety in our City parks is one of my number one priorities, and I am thrilled this work is finally taking shape. This is one more addition that will create an even better experience at Echo Park Lake.”
This project is part of a larger $10 million dollar investment the City is making around City facilities to improve safety and access for all on our city's sidewalks. $1.5 million was allocated in a motion introduced by O’Farrell and approved on April 24.
"The Los Angeles Department of Recreation of Parks is excited to begin sidewalk repair at one of the city’s most historic parks,” said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. “We’ve made great strides at Echo Park Lake over the past few years, and look forward to the completion of this project and the positive effect it will have on all of the park’s visitors.”
Crews are expected to wrap up by the end of June, just in time for the return of the Lotus Festival.