By AMANDA SCHALLERT
SILVER LAKE — Dozens of stairways are up for adoption as part of a new neighborhood project meant to improve historic sites, celebrate walking and bring residents together.
Under the Adopt-a-Stairway initiative, anyone can help clean up or improve public stairways, which often serve as streets in hillside neighborhoods or have historical significance.
“It’s a way to bring people together around something that has drawn people to Silver Lake, and this is a way we can all converge around celebrating and promoting [the stairs,]” said Lisa Hart, chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Green Committee, which is co-sponsoring the initiative with the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy and Silver Lake Improvement Association.
There’s no specific formula or budget for stairway adoption projects. The committee encourages residents to be creative, from installing lighting or art to holding events – possibly cocktail hours – by the steps. After residents adopt stairs, officials can help connect them with businesses or other sources that could help them fund or organize stair improvement projects.
“It’s a very informal program in that regard. It might evolve and change, but right now were just asking people to do what they can and what they’re interested in,” Hart said.
Anyone can email questions about the project to email@example.com. On Saturday, Sept. 27, residents can also learn more by attending a guided stairway walk at 11 a.m. at the Mattachine Steps on Cove Avenue near the Silver Lake Reservoir.
Amanda Schallert is a fourth-year UCLA student and the news editor at the Daily Bruin.