Don’t plan on holding a picnic on the Silver Lake Meadow this summer

One of the most well received public improvements undertaken by the city has been the completion of the walking and jogging path circling the Silver Lake Reservoir. The approximately two-mile long loop was completed last December and proved an instant hit. But what about the Silver Lake Meadow, the approximately three-acre park planned for the northeast corner of the reservoir? The meadow – which was opposed by many residents who feared it would attract too much traffic, trash and outsiders to the neighborhood – was supposed to have opened in the Spring, according to the LA Times. But, so far, the only work on the site appears to be some new fencing and a couple of large traffic cones.

Julie Wong, spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti said some of the funds needed to landscape the meadow were frozen while the state worked out its budget mess. Those funds are now “unfrozen” but it’s not clear when they will be available. “It will come but we are not sure when,” Wong said of the funding

An agreement must also be finalized withe the Department of Water & Power, which manages the reservoir, over the use of three acre park. So, at this point, perhaps its better to wait until next year to make those picnic plans.

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