It’s back to the drawing board for the Silver Lake boardwalk

The Department of Water and Power is looking at alternatives to building a 550-foot-long elevated boardwalk along the north end of the Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silver Lake, reports the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy. The boardwalk  was proposed to close the last gap in  a walking trail circling the Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs and get pedestrians off narrow Tesla Avenue.  The boardwalk had the support of Councilman Tom Labonge, and a small prototype (pictured) was constructed.  But many residents  thought it was not a good idea, raising concerns about whether the raised walkway would be to narrow to whether dog urine would weaken the wood structure. So, a few days after the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council held a town hall meeting on the boardwalk, the DWP, which manages the reservoir, is looking at perhaps carving a notch in the base of the Ivanhoe dam  along Tesla   to create enough room for an off-street path, according to the conservancy website. DWP engineer Marty Adams told the conservancy’s Carla Lazzereschi:

“Our latest thinking centered on making the path as low as possible and having easy ingress-egress to it so no one feels ‘trapped’”

That proposal, however, must be approved the state’s department of Dam Safety.


  1. It was the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council that organized a town hall meeting to get input from the community regarding the purposed boardwalk on Tesla. The Conservancy dosen’t care what the community thinks they hold all of their meetings in secret and claim they speak for the community. Once again the conservancy is taking credit for community work that they had nothing to do with.

  2. ^
    Actually, the Conservancy was working on reservoir issues for years before the SLNC even existed. The SLNC is an advisory panel that works with the community – and the Conservancy is a strong, important part of the community. It’s not about “taking credit”. It’s about working together.

  3. Actually and Honestly the Conservancy has worked hard on the reservoir, the problem is they are a totally private “secret” sect /group who have entitlement issues and have no real concept of working with the community. They show up to meeting with legal pads and voice the same story about themselves and “their goals” for the community. They try to say they are a public group, but has anyone every gotten a call back about attending their meetings?? In closing thank you to the members of the SLNC and their supporters who worked very hard in bringing the Tesla Boardwalk to the communities attention. Keep up the hard work and remember you have an even bigger job ahead of you to keeping up with the group now known as The Conservancy who do and will take all the credit for someone else’s hard work. Amen.

  4. If anything, thanks to TheEastsiderLA for bringing this matter to the attention of the community. With all of the local “posturing” between neighborhood groups, you’d think that PinoReal and the Rascals were running this game, not groups that are actually considered “sanctioned” (Whatever that means these days).

    Here’s a tip to all of these wanksters: build yourselves websites that inform the community in a timely and efficient manner and don’t look like the “Internet” from the late 90s. Use Twitter, Facebook, and whatever new technology that comes down the pipe to get the word out. Make sure there are comment sections (NO BOARDS/THREADS!!!), read the comments, and create an agenda from those comments. Please move beyond the “newsletter.”

    Most people don’t have the time for “Town Halls”, and luckily, TheEastsiderLA has dedicated themselves to a community that is comfortable in both on-line and real-world environments. I wonder how many “Conservancy/Council” members would spend their Memorial Day Weekends on a site redesign?

    I realize that not all community members are technologically proficient, and the Town Hall/Newsletter format is a necessary old-school option for them, but eventually everyone is going to have to catch up, and this community’s leaders should be ahead of the pack. Whichever group does this, will put the above debate to rest.

    Thanks homie, TheEastsiderLA looks great from my iPAD.

  5. If the reservoir is under ground DWP should do what Pasadena Water and Power does and build parks over the reservoir (Hamilton Park). Parks that could actually be used for recreation. Don’t just use millions of dollars to make the place look pretty if we, the residents, can’t use it. Make it viable green space with grass and trees, no need for parking cause it would be for the locals anyway.

  6. Looking at google maps streetview, Tesla currently has parking along the north side, and appears to be a very quiet street. Why not designate a few feet on the south side as a pedestrian walkway, with paint on the road, and remove street parking? Alternatively, the speed limit could be lowered to 15 mph and signs put up to alert drivers to people walking on the roadway. These options would both cost only a few hundred dollars.
    A new concrete sidewalk would be nice, but is the cost really necessary?

  7. The consensus at the meeting was strongly against the walking path. DWP had already heard from several community members and so they sent a blueprint of an option for a walking path, as described above. While it seems DWP and the Councilman’s office are finally responding to the community, the DWP’s proposal to cut into the dam just seems like a way to offer an alternative that’s completely unattainable (cost, timeline, jurisdictions, etc.)

    There was agreement at the meeting that the desired outcome would be a continued on-street path similar to that around the west side of the lake, using the facility to narrow the street to make the street safer. Though this also has cost and timeframe issues.

    So it was proposed that k-rails (the highway style white concrete barriers) be dropped right on the street in intervals that leave some portions open, 8 feet from the south side of the street’s curbline. This would create a permeable though separated area for bikes, peds, strollers, dogs, everyone, while narrowing the street and making it safer. Painting the K rails and the street on the ped side was discussed, similar to what Portland City Repair does. This option is the cheapest, quickest solution that would create a stepping stone to the next effort to continue Silver Lake on the path towards a safer, greener neighborhood.

  8. sorry; “The consensus at the meeting was strongly against the BOARD WALK”

  9. Agree with Romuchu, a very quick and inexpensive solution to the issue is the k-rails, serving the community ASAP and leaving aside all the bureaucracy, naysayers, fiscal conservatives and the like … so I say to DWP and Council office, just do it!

  10. Armen Sanasarian

    bummed that everyone was against the raised walkway. I thought it was a very cool idea. Somehow daring for LA and in keeping with the bucolic nature of what’s been done so far. Oh well.

  11. All of us who have dogs see the same problem – pee and poop on wood is a bad thing.

    But these k-rails sound like a hugely ugly solution, and one which I suspect the homeowners on that street won’t support. Cement pylons every few feet might be better.

    Still, someone tell me, was there such a problem on that street that all of this is necessary? I’ve been walking around the reservoir for years and don’t see a problem on Tesla. Cars go slow, people seem safe.

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