Echo Park Holiday Potluck



It’s that time of year again!
The EPIA holiday potluck takes place on…

Thursday, December 4, 2014

at 7:00 pm

Bring your favorite dish to share
& donate an unopened, unwrapped toy

Sign up for a dish! This is a just a guideline to make sure we have a well-rounded potluck. Click here.
Barlow Hospital – Williams Hall – 2000 Stadium Way

Petition to install pedestrian crosswalks in Elysian Park

Ever done the dash of death over Academy to access Elysian Park Trails?

The Echo Park Gathering of Elders and Caregivers is circulating a petition to begin the process of installing pedestrian crosswalks on both Scott Avenue and Academy Road at Elysian Park Drive.

Click here to download the petition page, print, sign and distribute to your neighbors. You can mail the pages to us at:

Echo Park Improvement Association
P.O. Box 261021
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Echo Park & Elysian Park free walking tours

The Echo Park Gathering of the Elders and Caregivers is hosting a series of free, educational walking tours of Echo Park Lake and Elysian Park. The walks are open to everyone of all ages. Please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Echo Park Lake

Learn about all the plants in and around Echo Park Lake, a guided tour led by Michael O’Brien (Echo Park’s local expert!).

Monday, October 6 at 9:00 am
Meet by the Boat House

Friday, October 24 at 9:00 am
Meet at the clump of bamboos by the pump station (close to Bellevue & Echo Park Avenue)

Monday, October 27 at 9:00 am
Meet at the south end of Echo Park by Glendale Avenue and Bellevue.

Elysian Park

A guided tour led by Michael O’Brien of all the plants along a popular trail in the 544 acre public park.

Friday, October 17 at 9:00 am
Meet at the fire road at trail on Academy between Morton and Stadium Way/Avenue of the Palms. Exercise caution as there are no crosswalks or sidewalks in this section of the road.

Click here to download and print the flyer.


CicLAvia comes to Echo Park: Road closures and more

Our town hall yesterday featured a representative from the nonprofit organization CicLAvia to present their street closure plans for this Sunday. The event, a free, open streets event in which streets are closed in favor of bicycles and pedestrians, is coming to Echo Park for the first time since its start in Los Angeles four years ago.

Sections of Glendale Boulevard and Bellevue (just south of Echo Park Lake) will be closed for a few hours on Sunday, October 5. 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. Also at the Echo Park Hub will be 100 feet of bike racks so event participants can lock up and enjoy.

With the Hub being right next to Echo Park Lake, the concern was that cyclists would find their way into the park – where no cycling or skating is allowed. CicLAvia will have multiple sites with signage posted, and will staff the entries of the park to notify cyclists if they attempt to enter the park. The freeway exit at the 101 will be open but you won’t be able to turn left onto Bellevue.

Click on the map below to download the printable PDF of the map, noting the locations where cars will be allowed to safely cross the CicLAvia route with the assistance of DOT.



In addition to the activities at the Echo Park Hub, there will be a lot of great activities throughout the CicLAvia route from food trucks, free walking tours, rock walls, library events, and more.

Click here to download the flyer for a full list of events.

Metro Routes affected

Multiple bus routes will be affected by the street closures. Click here to download the flyer.

Dodgers Postseason schedule, traffic and safety information

Dodgers Postseason

We attended a community meeting on Thursday, October 2 on the Dodgers postseason plans for traffic abatement and public safety in Echo Park and surrounding communities. While there wasn’t a lot of new news, they did present the postseason schedule, plans for ingress and egress traffic along with LADOT placement as well as LAPD deployment plans.

The first Postseason game is TODAY, Friday, October 3 at 3:37 pm at Dodger Stadium.

Some important items of consideration for today’s game and what we can expect for the postseason:

  • There will be increased LAPD deployment on Sargent and Scott Avenue as well as Echo Park and Scott Avenue
  • The Dodgers are planning on organizing a drop-off location for Uber/Lyft and other rideshare services (unsure of where that will be at this time)
  • There will be 243 LAPD in and outside of the stadium (including 20 motorcycle police, 25 on bicycles and the remaining black and white cars) and 40 undercovers


The presentation by the Dodgers can be downloaded here – it includes the slideshow presentation and the color maps indicating ingress and egress routes along with DOT locations and the postseason schedule.


Important phone numbers:

Northeast Los Angeles Senior Lead Officer Gina Chovan: 213-793-0760
LADOT Aram Sahakian: 213-216-6210
DOT Command Center: 818-374-4823
DOT Chief Greg Savelli: 213-972-8426
Dodgers Communications Manager Oscar Delgado: 323-224-1443


Neighborhood Issues Committee meeting agenda for Wednesday, August 20

Neighborhood Issues Committee Agenda
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7 pm
Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

  1. Introductions and sign in
  2. Approve Minutes
  3. Schools & Civic:
    1. Van De Kamps/LACC-LACCD
    2. Seniors Issues
    3. LA Marathon 5K problems
    4. Liberty Street Cleanup between Montana & Reservoir
    5. New Business
  4. Land Use:
    1. Barlow Hospital-Proposed Entitlements and Development
    2. Morton Village complex
    3. Filming Committee
    4. SB1818 Letter
    5. Lot adjacent to Laguna Stairs
    6. Sunset/Everett Street Project
    7. Planet Home Bruce Court SF Development
    8. Rosebud SFR project
    9. Button Mash CUB
    10. Park Drive Street Vacation
    11. 1L Height District Downtown EP
    12. New Business
      1. The Park CUB Renewal
      2. Various Sunset Blvd by-right projects
  5. Parks:
    1. Echo Park Lake
      1. Restoration Project
    2. Elysian Park
      1. 18 Acres Elysian Park Expansion Public Safety Issues
      2. Northeast Little League Facilities
    3. New business
      1. City ordinance regarding vending in parks
  6. Public Works:
    1. Route 2 Terminus Improvement Project
    2. Mural Projects – EPIA Committee
    3. Dodgers issues
    4. Sunset Streetscape
    5. Academy Cut Cleanup
    6. Benches
    7. Farmers’ Market Wall Mural
    8. New Business
      1. Additional funds available through CD13 for streetscape improvements
  7. Policies, Procedures, & Administrative
    1. Standing Rules, Membership Dues
    2. Should we establish a quorum
    3. NIC as Outreach Tool
    4. EPIA Elections
    5. New Business
  8. Newsletter/Web Page
  9. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
  10. Future Agendas Items
  11. Next Meeting Standing
  12. Adjourn

Join the Echo Park Business Family

The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce is active and accepting applications for membership!

The Echo Park Chamber of Commerce exists for the sole purpose of serving the business people and the residents of Echo Park. They promote economic growth and increase communications among all members of the community.

Why become a member?

The Chamber is the eyes, ears and voice of the business community. We work with local and regional government to protect business interests – your business interests – and to keep the community vibrant through a lively commercial sector.

Supporting the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce with a membership investment means supporting the total community. Echo Park’s Chamber is a major catalyst in the community, keeping it prosperous, safe and affordable. They are there for business as well as your customers.

To view meeting mintues, calendar, sign up for email announcements, or to join as a member, visit

Lotus Festival 2014

See you at the Lotus Festival!

Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13 from 9am-9pm
+ Echo Park Night Friday, July 11

Festivities include the return of the Dragon Boat races, food vendors, performances, music, and more. And of course, the newly renovated Echo Park Lake has blooming Lotus flowers at the festival for the first time in…. years!

Come say hi at our booth we are sharing with the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce. BRING YOUR OLD BATTERIES! We’re helping clean up by recycling old, used batteries for you.Also for a little pre-party, join Council District 13 for Echo Park Night on Friday, July 11 from 6-9:00 pm. There will be music & entertainment, a film screening. Bring your picnic dinner and a blanket! More info:

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