Echo Park

The vibrant community of Echo Park was once the home of the Los Angeles film industry, and has always attracted an eclectic mix of creative, underground, and independent elements of society.


Runners leave Angeleno Heights and make a right onto Glendale Blvd running alongside scenic Echo Park Lake.  Runners continue past the Park until they reach Sunset Blvd.


Echo Park, formerly known as Edendale, was the center of the Los Angeles Film Industry prior to World War I when the studios moved west to Hollywood.  Many silent pictures were filmed in studios located in Echo Park and westerns often used the hills of Echo Park and surrounding areas as their backdrop.  Echo Park’s alternative feel has helped draw actors, musicians, and artists to live alongside the Latinos, Filipinos, and Chinese that have inhabited the area from the beginning, making Echo Park one of the most diverse communities in the area.


Echo Park Lake has held the distinction of containing the largest planting of lotuses outside of Asia.  Unfortunately, the lake suffered a complete die-off of the lotuses in the past decade, but there are plans for re-planting to restore the charm.  Echo Park Lake is the host of the Lotus Festival, which is a pan-Asian celebration in Los Angeles that showcases a different Asian ethnicity every year.


Keystone Studios was the first totally enclosed film stage and studio in history, built in 1912.  Charlie Chaplin got his start at Keystone Studios, and many of his most famous movies were filmed onsite in Echo Park at Keystone Studios.  Currently, the main studio building remains, although in a different capacity.