New chess tables at Echo Park Lake?

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Echo Park Lake Chess
Chess set ups at Echo Park Lake. Photo via @mariloo05

Have you noticed the new chess tables at Echo Park Lake? At first glance, they¬†look pretty permanent, and one would be encouraged to take a moment, enjoy the lotus growth, the lake, and a beautiful view of the downtown skyline. But…

On May 30th, joggers and passer-by’s noticed new game fixtures on their path. But instead of being a new offering from Echo Park’s Recreation Center, the chess tables were placed there by a film production company, GWA, LTD, for the shooting of a commercial called “Mistic E”.

The production company asked for a film permit that would allow them to work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their description of the scene and permit request was as follows:

Intermittent pedestrian control. Equipment on property. Intermittent traffic control–2 minutes standard. Equipment on sidewalk & street. Equipment on sidewalk, in curb lane & across street. Exterior Dialogue. Generator.

By the time you read this, the chess tables in front of Echo Park Lake will have been removed, and live on only in the picture above and in the memories of a few jogger-by’s.

Maybe the Echo Park Rec Center will consider something similar in the future?

Be on the look out for the Mistic commercial, marketed from Echo Park.

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