echo park. my old stomping grounds. i'm 10 miles north east now in highland park. it's 10 years later. but i still love this part of LA more than ever. it's where i spent most of my 30-something years. strolling around the lake, attending the lotus festivals every year, laying on the grass and reading, writing in my journal, going on picnics. if i go back 20 years i can recall renting a paddleboat with a friend and using our legs to propell us around the lake. as long as i've been in LA this has been an iconic place for me and a few million other angelenos. we love our lake!
the entire lake checked into rehab for a couple of years. she needed it. all the lotus flowers which had once been the stars of the lake were gone. everything was shabby, neglected. the paddleboats lay broken and still in the old boathouse. according to the city list, when they drained the lake they found a phone booth, 2 guns, 20 park trash cans, 6 skateboards, a toilet, several boom boxes, and more crazy shiz. but now it's va va va voom!
the lotuses have been reintroduced to a fresh new habitat. successfully restored thanks to THIS plant thief cum hero. an entire system of wetlands has been constructed. all sorts of lilies and other water plants are thriving. most under the cover of fine nets designed to keep people and pollution out. negotiations are even underway to bring back paddleboats. the best part of all is the grateful people who live near the lake have a clean gorgeous park brimming with life to enjoy. and that's pretty nice i think.