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Road closures in Echo Park for Ciclavia

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For the first time since its start in Los Angeles four years ago, CicLAvia (a free, open streets event in which streets are closed in favor of bicycles and pedestrians) will be coming to Echo Park this Sunday.

The No Parking signs are already posted for the street closures along Glendale Boulevard and Bellevue, just south of Echo Park Lake. At the corner of Glendale and Bellevue is the “Echo Park Hub,” where there will be a DJ, a KPCC booth and food trucks like Fluff Ice, the Grilled Cheese Truck and Mandoline Grill.

Ciclavia will speak Thursday night at the Echo Park Improvement Association Town Hall on the street closures and what else to expect. The major concern with the event is cyclists making their way into Echo Park Lake, where skating and cyclists are not allowed.

The meeting will be held at Barlow Hospital in Williams Hall at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.


Movie Night at Echo Park Lake

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Please join Council District 13, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Echo Park Historical Society for a free screening of the classic Hollywood film “Sunset Blvd.” compliments of Paramount Pictures.

The Echo Park Film Center will start the evening with a few of their student shorts and then the feature production.

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and chairs, and enjoy the movie under the stars by the magical Echo Park Lake.


Echo Park Lake Lotus Festival is back!

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This is very exciting for Echo Park… the Lotus Festival has returned!

The 34th Lotus Festival takes place this weekend, July 12 and 13. This year’s host country is the Philippines.

This is not only the first year since the park was closed and renovated, it’s been a few years since there have been actual Lotus flowers blossoming at the lake. There will also be the return of the Dragon Boat races, as well as some delicious food, entertainment, performances, music and dancing.

To kick off the festivities, Council District 13 is hosting Echo Park Night on Friday, July 11 with a film screening and live music. Picnic baskets and blankets encouraged!

Opening ceremony for the festival starts at noon on Saturday, July 12. Check back on this post for schedule updates as we get them!

UPDATE: Lotus Festival Schedule after the jump!

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Questions about city services? Ask Councilmember O’Farrell on Saturday

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell presents:

“Councilmember in your corner – Echo Park”

Join business and community leaders, meet with neighbors and learn about city services.

Councilmember O’Farrell and will also walk the neighborhood, going door-to-door to speak with residents about important city services.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30am-Noon
Echo Park Lake (Glendale Boulevard & Park Avenue)

Questions? Contact Silvan de la Cruz at sylvan.delacruz@lacity.org

Councilmember In Your Corner - Echo Park web


All that’s left of this Echo Park ficus tree is a pile of sawdust

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The facade of the building at 1501 W Sunset Boulevard has not been seen in quite some time now – until this weekend. The huge ficus tree covering the front of these buildings was cut down over the weekend, leaving nothing but a pile of sawdust behind.

The ficus was removed as part of the Sunset Boulevard beautification project, as well as the overall need to repair sidewalks. Approximately three dozen trees will be removed along the Echo Park corridor, but will also be replaced by 100.


Easter activities around Echo Park start this weekend

The Easter holiday is upon us, and there are some great family friendly activities happening around Echo Park. Although Sunday, April 20 is the official holiday itself, events start this weekend.

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Egg Hunt at Echo Park Rec Center

The Spring Egg Hunt takes place this Saturday, April 12 from 2-5:00 pm at the Echo Park Recreation Center playground (1632 Bellevue Avenue).

Egg Hunt start times are:

5 years & under: 3:00 pm
6-8 years: 3:30 pm
9 years & older: 4:00 pm

Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, music, egg hunts and a visit from The Spring Bunny (all are free).

For more information email echoparkrc@lacity.org

Echo Park Farmers’ Market Egg Hunt

The healthiest egg hunt in town! The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Echo Park Farmers’ Market takes place on Friday, April 18 starting at 4:00 pm.

The craft table will be set up for Easter arts and crafts, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to take photos (bring your cameras!).

Toddlers ages five and under will start at 5:00 pm, ages six and over at 6:00 pm.

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Festival of Childhood

Although not technically an Easter event, the Festival of Childhood on April 26 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm is a great spring event for families.

The annual event, hosted by Echo Parenting & Education, is a free outdoor community day of play and creativity for families from all over Los Angeles. There will be a rock climbing wall, face painting, crafts, story time, street painting, children’s dance groups and live musical performances. Reservoir street closure begins at the Echo Park Methodist Church, where the event is taking place.

Click here for more info or email aortiz@echoparenting.org


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