Since 1896, one of Los Angeles' iconic outdoor areas, Echo Park Lake, has served as a haven for all type of Angelenos: young, old, rich, and poor, as well as a picturesque example of nature in the city. Over the last few years, the Park had unfortunately fallen into a state of disrepair and disregard, resulting in Echo Park Lake being shut down for two years in order to bring the facility back to acceptable standards.
The Echo Park Lake rehab in its early stages.
(Above) The new Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake is less than 10 minutes from downtown. I've been spending the last few Sunday mornings taking Raj for a walk around the park. It's a wonderful way to get a Sunday started. Families are out, couples are cruising the lake in paddle boats, yoga classes are going on and all manner of ducks and geese stroll around the lake, easily sharing the space with their human neighbors.
Many people complain about the lack of (fill in the blank) when you live in Los Angeles. There's a lot to see and do, if you only get out there. One of the easiest, cheapest, most pleasant ways to experience the best of Los Angeles is to turn off your cel, grab your favorite person and take a stroll around Echo Lake Park.