Workers erected a chain link fence around the Echo Park Lake Boathouse this morning. “It’s not clear if they were putting up fencing in other parts of the park,” said Dean Decent who snapped the above photo. What’s going on? The boathouse’s paddle boats were put out of business nearly two years ago by city budget cuts and the upcoming $64.7 million clean up of the lake, which will force the closure of the entire park for nearly two years, is not scheduled to begin until this summer. The Eastsider is checking with the Department of Recreation and Parks and Council District 13 to see what’s up.*
The 1932 boathouse and its lighthouse beacon is also scheduled to be renovated during the lake clean up and closure.
* Update: Julie Wong from Council District 13 explains the fence: “The fencing is part of the Prop 40-funded boathouse renovations. Although separate from the Prop O renovations, both projects are intended to improve and beautify Echo Park Lake for the community to enjoy. This phase of the renovation includes new foundation walls on the side that faces the park, steel beams and concrete piles, seismic retrofitting, a new HVAC system, day lighting porthole windows in the tower, new stucco, and security mechanisms.”
Meanwhile, the city Department of Public Works expects to award a contract for the lake clean up within the next month or two, said spokeswoman Michelle Vargas. No start date has been set but Vargas said work will begin this summer sometime after the Lotus Festival takes places in mid-July.