Naked Echo Park Lake

echo-park-lake-dirt-eastsider.JPGOver at The Eastsider LA, Echo Park resident Judy Raskin checks out the work to restore the lake that forms the prominent feature of the district's eponymous park. The lake bed is currently exposed and the dirt is being pushed around to form habitat for fish to thrive and plants to grow. "The lake bed has to be lined to keep the water from seeping into the ground. What would that look like, I wondered?," she wrote. "My vision of a massive enamel bathtub was outlandish, I admit. How would the fish survive without places to hide or spawn? How would the wading and diving birds get into the water to feed on the fish."

The lake's depth will vary, it turns out, from 12 inches at the lotus end to eight feet at the deepest part in the southernmost corner of the lake. More detail over there.

Photo: The Eastsider LA

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