Visit us at the 36th Lotus Festival


The lotus in the lake are blooming, which means it’s time for the Lotus Festival!

This is the 36th Lotus Festival, to be held at Echo Park Lake on Saturday, July 9-10, 2016. The host county is the Republic of Korea, and you can expect entertaining performances, lots of food and other vendors.

Be sure to visit us at the Community Booth section from noon to 5pm each day where we’ll be raffling off some great prizes along with other fun giveaways!

2016 Lotus Festival

Dodgers Stadium Opening Day Community Forum


The Dodgers Opening Day game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 1:10 pm. Opening Day always brings a lot of stress to the neighborhood.

The EPIA has invited representatives from the Dodgers, LAPD, LADOT, Park Rangers, Select Patrol and City Council Districts 1 and 13 to present this year’s Opening Day Plan and address your questions and concerns.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and make sure you attend on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 pm.

All are welcome! Bring yourself, your neighbors, your input, and join us at Barlow Hospital, located at 2000 Stadium Way, in Williams Hall.


LA Marathon on Sunday, closures for Echo Park streets

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday starting in Dodger Stadium in the early morning.

This means closures and no parking along some Echo Park streets starting Saturday – pay attention to those No Parking signs and check out the map below!


Public hearing on Small Lot Ordinance

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell has introduced a motion to update the Small Lot Ordinance, changes which will affect future developments in Echo Park. Some of the changes proposed include encouraging adaptive reuse, requiring onsite trash collection, and providing guest parking.

Will they be good or bad changes? The city is looking for your feedback. There are two public hearings this month where you can share your opinions/concerns:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Open House: 5:30-7:00 PM
Hearing: 7:00 PM

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center
11338 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

In CD13:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Open House: 5:30-7:00 PM
Hearing: 7:00 PM

Grace E. Simons Lodge
1025 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The draft ordinance can be downloaded here.

Echo Park Loves Animals!


Animal Welfare Issues in Echo Park

Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm

Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way

What do you do when you find a stray animal? How much is microchipping? Where are low-cost spay/neuter services available? What are the volunteer opportunities in the area?

We have invited representatives of local animal services organizations and businesses to chat about animal welfare issues and other services in the area. Join us!

Our town hall meetings are open to the public – so bring your neighbors!

Volunteer for the 2016 Los Angeles Homeless Count

The Los Angeles Homeless Count in Echo Park takes place on the night of January 28, 2016. The Homeless Count is a 3-day, on the ground, county-wide census of its neediest stakeholders. This timely data drives federal funding assistance and provides valuable information to City and County legislators to help allocate local funding assistance.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s District Office will serve as a volunteer deployment site. Residents are advised that LAHSA will be aided by thousands of volunteers across the City, who will be walking or driving in groups to take the census block by block.

As coordinators of this important event, the EPIA urges you to participate! Volunteers can register for the 2016 Homeless Count at Questions or concerns can be directed to Jonathan Hans at LAHSA at

Double your impact – LA River matching challenge ends December 31

Donate to the LA River Corp and double your impact by December 31!!

Local business owners Tony Yanow and Amy Yanow have put up a challenge: Give today and they will personally match your donation up to $250,000. The goal is to raise $500,000 total toward the Integrated Design Vision Project led by Frank Gehry and technical partners.

More info on the campaign from the LA River Corp website:

Leave a Lasting Legacy
It all begins with a data driven, integrated design study of the full 51 miles from Canoga Park to Long Beach. Led by Gehry Partners and other design and technical experts, we are utilizing the latest technology and design analysis to find the most innovative ways to transform the river into a sustainable water resource while creating vibrant public and natural habitat spaces along the river’s path. This study will result in a shared community vision for implementation; a vision that is both transformative and sustainable.

Imagine the Possibilities
With just $590,000 left to get to our $3.1million goal to launch Phase One of our 51-mile Integrated Design Study of the LA River, we are in the home stretch. There has never been a better time to give to the river. Let’s do this!

Consider a personally significant contribution as a year-end, tax-deductible gift…and let Amy and Tony double it today!

Click here to donate

Read more about the project

Thank our Fire Fighters – bring Thanksgiving dinner to Echo Park’s Station 20!


This Thanksgiving, the Echo Park Improvement Association is sponsoring the LAFD Fire Station 20, located right here in Echo Park on Sunset Boulevard. We will be cooking and delivering a Thanksgiving meal to the eight firefighters who are on duty for the holiday, and we need your help!

Please help by signing up for a dish of your choice by signing up HERE or by sending us an email at

We need:

1 Turkey
Gravy (x2)
2 servings Cranberry sauce
2-3 Pies
Dinner rolls
2 servings mashed potatoes
2 servings yams
Green beans or other traditional greens