A Walker in L.A.: The Small Wonders of Echo Park Lake


Last year, Echo Park Lake underwent a dramatic renovation: the lake itself was given an environmentally responsible makeover, the boathouse was transformed into an organic cafe, and—perhaps most notably—the locally-adored but sometimes missing lotuses were replanted, spreading their pale pink flowers across the water. This weekend is the annual Lotus Festival, a longstanding neighborhood tradition that was revived when the honeycombed blooms returned to the lake, and it’s a perfect opportunity to take a walk around one of the city’s oldest bodies of water. On a recent afternoon, the fountains were misting the path, the boaters were providing comedic relief, and a snowy egret fished just offshore—it was pretty much the same scene strolling Angelenos enjoyed more than 100 years ago.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.