After a decade of planning and debate, three acres of parkland next to the Silver Lake reservoirs will open to the public on Saturday afternoon. The “soft opening,” which includes a noontime ceremony featuring councilmen Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge, will precede a official dedication later this spring. according to the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy.
The Silver Lake Meadow, which was originally scheduled to open about two years ago, has been delayed by the state’s budget crises as well as winter rains and flooding. The meadow located on the eastern side of the reservoirs will be limited to “passive recreation.” The conservancy, in a press release, explains what that means:
The Meadow will be open from dawn to dusk for passive recreation—jogging, walking and strolling; laying on the grass; looking at the Reservoir. Active sports, such as soccer and softball, will not be allowed. Dogs are also not allowed, even on leash—however, dogs remain permitted on the main path that skirts the Meadow to the east, just off Silverlake Blvd.
It’s almost here: Silver Lake Meadow on verge of opening. Curbed
* Correction: An earlier version of this post said the meadow was to have opened more than three years ago. That’s wrong. The initial opening was scheduled for Spring 2009.