Looking to the Past as Echo Park Lake Reopens Tomorrow

Echo Park Lake Boathouse in 2006
The Echo Park Lake boat house in 2006
  After two years of revamps, Echo Park Lake will reopen tomorrow at a 10 a.m. ceremony with mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. During its 145 years, the man-made lake has seen its fair share of history, accidental archaelogical excavations, and death and mystery.  
Echo Park Lake and its lotuses in 2006
Echo Park Lake and its lotus bed in 2006
  Here's a look at Echo Park Lake's past, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library's online photo collection.  
Echo Park Lake c 1900
Echo Park Lake, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
 
Echo Park Lake Fountain c 1900
Echo Park Lake fountain, circa 1900. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
 
Echo Park Lake Queen of Angeles Statue
The Queen of Angels statue in Echo Park Lake on September 13, 1937. Sculpted by Ada May Sharpless, the statue was later moved to a dfferent location in Echo Park. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
 
Canoeing in Echo Park Lake
In this 1965 photo, members of a "Learn to Canoe" class sponsored by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks learn the proper method to sit in a canoe. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
 
Echo Park Lake Boat House in 1937
Echo Park Lake boat house in 1937. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
 
Model Yacht Regatta Race at Echo Park Lake, 1936
In this 1936 photo, a crowd awaits their turn to compete at the Evening Herald and Express Annual Model Yacht Regatta held at Echo Park. That year, nearly 500 entries were received. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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