Advocates of Elysian Park and other residents are planning to speak out today against a DWP proposal to cover up the 55-million gallon Elysian Reservoir with an aluminum roof and possibly solar panels. Peter Lassen with the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park said the recommendation before the Board of Water & Power Commissioners* today comes after agency leaders had previously agreed to build underground tanks topped by seven-acres of additional parkland north of Dodger Stadium. The Elysian Park group and others have been engaged in a nearly 25-year-long battle and mediation over the DWP’s plan to cover up the 1903 reservoir as part of a water quality improvement project. The agency is currently draining water from the reservoir for soils testing. “This is terrible. It’s appalling that the would renege on the process,” said Lassen. The DWP said that building a roof over the Elysian and Upper Stone Canyon reservoirs would save between $150 million to $190 million over the cost of building underground storage tanks (click here for more details). In 2001, the agency reopened the Rowena Reservoir in Los Feliz with a 10 million gallon tank topped by a decorative pond and landscaping after faced with opposition to building a roof over the facility.
* UPDATE: The commissioners postponed a vote on the recommendation.
Related stories & links:
Elysian Reservoir Water Quality Improvement Project. DWP
Open water’s open question. LA Times
A dry spell for Elysian Park’s reservoir. The Eastsider
Photo by DWP