Back in 2018, a community-driven proposal was introduced to transform the Silver Lake Reservoir into a massive public park. Five years later, on August 23rd, the plan is one step closer to becoming a reality after the LA City Council voted to adopt the findings of a final environmental impact report.

The Silver Lake Reservoir master plan would transform 116 acres of the 127-acre land into a park comprised of 7 different areas:

  • The Meadow: expanded park space and an education center, play area, gardens, picnic area, seating and wetland terraces, and floating dock 

  • The Knoll:  shade structures, a nature trail, and seating terraces at the northeast side of the reservoir

  • Ivanhoe Overlook: expanded walking path, habitat terraces, a shade pavilion, wetland footpaths, observation platforms, and embankment improvements

  • Eucalyptus Grove: habitat terraces, an overlook, and seating terraces on west bank of the reservoir 

  • East and West Narrows: seating terraces, an overlook, fitness equipment, embankment enhancements, and expanded walking path along the southeast and southwest sides of the reservoir

  • The South Valley: existing Silver Lake Recreation and Dog Park will be expanded and renovated, plus new seating, landscaping, and multi-purpose facility

  • Habitat Islands: area to introduce fish and other species into the reservoir

The plan also includes a 2.5-mile landscaped promenade lining the perimeter of the reservoir and a two-way bike trail along Silver Lake Blvd, though previous plans for a parking lot and direct water access for kayaking have been scrapped.

The approved plan only provides a blueprint for the conversion of the reservoir, while the timeline for the project is still up in the air. That aspect all hinges on access to funding, and it’s already been decided that the LADWP won’t pay for the project since it’s not actually related to the city's drinking water service. There are still other options available, including competitive environmental grant funding. If money for the project is eventually secured, the plan projects that construction would take, at minimum, five years to complete.

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