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Echo Park Neighborhood Council

When moving to a new city or buying a new home in an unfamiliar neighborhood, it can be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood council. The goal of a neighborhood council is to help residents of the town be involved in government and in dealing with issues that impact the people who live there.


In Echo Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) performs these duties in service to the town of Echo Park. The Echo Park Neighborhood Council advises on local issues and communicates with the government of Los Angeles.

The Echo Park Neighborhood Council is made up of a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Information Officer who meet to discuss issues. The council also includes a Board of Governors; Budget & Finance Committee; Outreach Committee; Parks, Public Works and Environment Committee; Public Safety; and the Schools, Libraries & Community Organizations Committee.

If you would like to be involved in the Echo Park community, go to a council meeting. You may also want to consider becoming a member of a committee on the council or running as a candidate. open seats Districts 3, 4 and 5 and three open seats on the Board of Governors. In order to apply, you must be at least 16-years-old and you have to live, work and own property in these Districts. Fill out an application and attend a meeting to volunteer in order to be considered.

The GEPENC has resources online for residents where you can look up projects the Board of Governors is reviewing (including both the Lakeshore Development and the 330 Union Development at the time of this blog posting). On the GEPENC website, you can also submit questions and comments, as well as sign up for the newsletter.


You can also use the neighborhood council to reference events going on in the community in Echo Park. For example, check out the Echo Park Film Series. The last film screened was Chinatown at the Echo Park Lake. On August 31, 2015, The Echo Park NC and Empower LA will present a Technology & User eXperience (TUX) Bootcamp. Additionally, in September this year, there will be a free workshop by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department on “‘Ellis’ Evictions and Requirements to Remove a Rental Unit from the Housing Market.”

Ultimately, the goal of a neighborhood council is to assist in creating a great place to live and keeping the neighborhood a great place to live. If Echo Park sounds like a place where you’d like to live, feel free to contact our team at Los Angeles Real Estate Unlimited; we would be happy to help you search for a new home, as well as sell your home in the Los Angeles area.

Echo Park Fishing

Imagine being able to fish in the middle of Los Angeles and get a taste of nature and/or an escape without traveling too far. You can appreciate the beauty of natural elements while practicing a fun hobby in the city you call home through fishing in Echo Park.

Echo Park Lake                        

Fishing in Echo Park is available at Echo Park Lake; you can also fish in nearby lakes, including MacArthur Park Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Belvedere Park Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, etc. Just make sure you have a California fishing license and that you check the Fishing and Hunting Regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).


Echo Park Lake via Splash of Pretty

Echo Park Lake contains trout during the winter and catfish during all the other times of the year. Additionally, you may come across carp, bluegill and largemouth bass in the lake.

There are photos of people fishing at the lake since the late 1940s. Today, the city allows fishing at Echo Park Lake between the months of June and September. See the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and the Parks and Echo Park Recreation Center for more information.

Fishing in the City

Since 1993, the CDFW has provided a city program named Fishing in the City. If you can find an opportunity near you, it includes free fishing day clinics for people who want to fish for the first time. The clinics go over fishing methods, like how to catch fish and how to get it ready for dinner.


Girl fishing at Echo Park Lake in 1958 via Echo Park Forums

Free Fishing Days

Consider getting a California fishing license, because without one you could be fined for fishing at Echo Park Lake or other bodies of water in the state of California. Licenses are required for people who are 16-years-old and older. The city offers a couple days a year during which people can try fishing for free to see if it’s something they enjoy. If so, the person can think about getting the license without paying for it upfront.

The Free Fishing Days always fall in July and September. The first one of the year was on July 4, 2015, and the next one will take place on September 5, 2015. The next Free Fishing Day is coming up very quickly, so get ready if you want to take advantage of it and try fishing this year.

While you’re fishing in Echo Park Lake, check out the other things you can enjoy there. At Echo Park Lake, you can take out a pedal boat and take in the view from within the lake, walk on the trails surrounding the water and/or visit the famous lotus flower beds. Also, consider the real estate available to you in Echo Park.