By: Joyce Amaro

As the Echo Park Community Parade winds its way through Echo Park this Saturday, parade goers will once again enjoy Lotus flowers on the streets surrounding their community.  Thanks to a community beautification grant from Los Angeles City Council District 13 the bilingual Love Echo Park Lake – Don’t Litter, street light banners are up once again to remind residents to keep Echo Park clean and litter free.

Yes, Echo Park Lake is empty right now because of the City of Los Angeles Proposition O-funded Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project, which began last summer and will ultimately provide the city with an improved and more sustainable lake to enjoy. But trash abatement is an ongoing endeavor, and the banners are up once again to remind people that a clean community is a team effort, requiring the ongoing commitment of everyone.

And, doing its part along with the City of Los Angeles is the community group Echo Park Trash Abatement Project (or TAP) who conducts ongoing community clean-up events. Last Saturday alone, TAP and Los Angeles’ Conservation Corps’ Clean and Green collected more than 60 bags of trash along Sunset Blvd.

So, enjoy this season of giving and remember to give to Mother Nature as well by keeping our communities and environment clean and trash free!

Echo Park TAP’s next clean-up will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2012 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Meet at the Walgreens at 1625 Sunset Blvd. This event will take place rain or shine.