A different view of Silver Lake

A view to the north across the Silver Lake Reservoir | Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE —  The normally off-limits South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir was open to the public for a few hours today,  providing a sweeping view of the reservoir and surrounding hillsides that relatively few people have seen before.  But that could be changing soon.

Today’s South Dam Open  House was held as the L.A. Department of Water & Power, which manages the reservoir property, works to permanently open the top of the dam to the public. That walkway, which would be fenced on both sides, would connect Silver Lake Boulevard and West Silver Lake Drive and offer a shorter version of the path that now circles the Silver Lake and adjacent Ivanhoe reservoirs. It would be one of the first new recreational amenities added to the reservoir property now that both bodies of water are no longer used to store potable water.

“The path can be completed by the end of the year, provided that the community is in agreement with the plan,” said agency spokeswoman Dawn Cotterell.

There was a lot of picture taking today as visitors took in the views and enjoyed a cool breeze.

Looking west across the South Dam

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  1. Great views and nice to have a flat path in that area.

  2. Mark Snelgrove

    It would be a super addition, and help spare the joggers from having to deal with the dog park gates. Win, win.

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