Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Work is proceeding rapidly with the refurbishment of Echo Lake Park at N 200th and Ashworth along the Interurban Trail.
The design and list of things to do was created by Maureen Colaizzi of the Shoreline Parks Department, with input from the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association.
Photos by Jeanne Monger
Looking north, the posts mark the popular fishing beach. The state regularly stocks the lake, which also makes it a popular nesting site for cormorants. The concrete circles will hold picnic tables.
Previous work on the park removed half of the tiny beach and left a row of jagged stones. This restores some of the beach and provides a smooth wall for people who want to sit by the water.
The grassy area in the park had become very uneven and bumpy. Drainage was poor and the land was often swampy. The whole area is being rebuilt for proper drainage and even footing.
The park now will have a playground for small children. The tree has been protected as well as the art piece.
Turtles live in the south end of the lake - now the north end has its own turtle.
Improvements include handicapped accessible, porous asphalt pathway connections, improved handicapped accessible beach access, a tot play structure with safety surfacing, a re-graded/seeded open lawn area, irrigation system, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, a barbecue grill, and renovations to the existing restroom (one unisex stall design).
The park should open in October 2014.