For the last two years, Echo Park Lake has been hidden behind chain link and plastic tarp. Now, after a makeover, the fountains are flowing, the water is clear, the lotuses are back and people are using the park. The space is the urban gem its designers imagined more than a century ago, when nearby Angelino Heights was one of the city's premier addresses.
1. Start walking from the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue, and find your way to the wide paved pathway that circles the lake. Head left, going clockwise around the water, and appreciate the lake's signature lotus blossoms, restored "Lady of the Lake" statue and fine downtown views.
2. The boat house, which dates from the 1890s, is poised to begin renting paddle boats again for cruising the lake and will soon host a cafe, park representatives say. Meanwhile, enjoy a picnic on one of the benches or the sloping hillside nearby.
3. For a tour of the city's best collection of Victorian-era residences, leave the lake and turn left at the corner of Bellevue Avenue. Then turn left again a few blocks ahead, on West Edgeware Road.