O'Farrell Seeks to Expand Roll Out of Regularly Serviced Restrooms at Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK LAKE - Following the direction last month by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the City Attorney has drafted an ordinance that will allow daily and nightly public access to the restroom facilities on the north side of Echo Park Lake.

According to the original motion introduced by O’Farrell on January 24, the Echo Park area is  facing urgent public health and safety issues due to an uptick in the need for restroom access.  In this motion, Councilmember O’Farrell moved quickly to temporarily amend the hours of accessibility to the restrooms, on the north side of the park only.

“The overutilized restroom facilities on the north side of Echo Park Lake have endured a history of drug sales, prostitution, and vandalism over the past several years, usually after hours when they are not authorized to be open,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “It is imperative that we maintain safe access to the restrooms for all park visitors. This is why I am currently funding a program that provides regularly serviced restrooms, seven days a week. This ordinance, once in place in the coming weeks, will also allow overnight secure access to the facilities for the benefit of the entire community.” 

The 24/7 access will be part of a six month activation of an emergency measure.  The draft ordinance is pending before the Health, Education, Neighborhoods, Parks, Arts, and River Committee, and will then go to the full City Council for a vote.

In addition to regular maintenance of the park facility, Councilmember O’Farrell is also taking action to provide enhanced services at the park for all users, including a mobile hygiene unit twice a week and safe parking in a nearby location. For more information, please visit CD13.com.

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