Photo by Martin Cox
Today will be your last chance to stop by the two-day long Echo Park Lake Lotus Festival before it goes on hiatus. There are no dragon boat races, fireworks or even lotus at the downsized festival. But it will be for many the last opportunity to attend the festival and walk around Echo Park Lake before the entire park is shut down for at least two years for a major clean up. Once the Lotus Festival booths and stages are hauled away, a crew of workers is scheduled to arrive later this week to begin the job fencing off the park and preparing work for the $64 million project, according to a spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works Department. Contractor Ford E.C. has been selected to work on the clean up. which includes the draining of the lake. Once the lake is refilled and the park reopened, there is a promise that lotus will once again bloom in time for the next Lotus Festival. Keep your fingers crossed.