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.