An approximately 25-year-old battle over a reservoir in Elysian Park has flared up once again as park advocates mobilize against a proposal to cover the surface of the 55-million gallon reservoir with what one resident describes as a “rubber mat.” The commissioners of the Department of Water and Power are expected to vote next month on covering the nearly century-old Elysian Reservoir with a synthetic rubber sheet, reversing a previous decision to replace the reservoir with underground water tanks topped by landscaped parkland. The DWP staff has now decided it can no longer afford the underground tanks and landscaping, favoring the less expensive floating cover, said Pete Lassen with the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park.
The committee is asking residents opposed to the cover to contact the commissioners regarding the matter, said Lassen. “Their idea is to put a rubber mat over it,” Lassen said of the reservoir located in a deep ravine north of Dodger Stadium. “Going for the cheapest solution is not going for the best solution.”