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Echo Park Lake Fence to be Removed Despite Community Concerns

Updated: May 15, 2023

Work crews clear belongings left behind by a homeless people during 2021 cleanup at

Echo Park Lake. (Photo: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Numerous news outlets have reported that fencing surrounding Echo Park Lake is

scheduled to be removed, although the fence is still in place. Residents of a homeless

encampment, consisting of approximately 200 people, were relocated from the park in

March 2021 and fencing was installed so repairs and renovations could be made. The

planned removal of the fence was one of the first acts of newly-elected CD 13

Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez. According to Fox News, nearby residents are

“outraged” over the fence removal. During the original Echo Park Lake cleanup,

crews removed 723.5 pounds of biological waste and 300 pounds of hazardous waste,

including drug paraphernalia.

Read the Fox news story here.


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