For several Halloweens now, the area northwest of the Silver Lake reservoirs had become a trick-or-treat hot spot, with Armstrong Avenue and other nearby streets closed for an annual Halloween Block Party. But, next month, Halloween will come and go without the neighborhood celebration. The reason? The installation of a new underground DWP water line that was supposed to have been completed this summer continues to drag on, leaving West Silver Lake Drive near Armstrong Avenue with gaping, 30-foot-deep holes in the pavement. Construction on this section of the River Supply Conduit Improvement Project is now scheduled to be completed in November, prompting the cancellation of this year’s Halloween Block Party.
“The Halloween event had to be canceled for safety reason,” said Stephanie Mar, a spokesman for Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose office usually introduces a City Council motion to block the streets. “We’ve actually heard from residents that it might be a good idea to cancel given the construction.”
Silver Lake resident Blake Lamb, who has taken his child to the Halloween Block Party in years past, said he will miss this year’s event. “It would probably be dangerous for all the kids to be around it. But it’s too bad since in years past it has been such a great, safe place to trick or treat.”
While work on the pipeline project on West Silver Lake is scheduled to end in November, construction on other portions, including a section on Riverside Drive, are not expected to be completed until 2012. Talk about scary.