What can you do with a Silver Lake shade ball?

A pile of Silver Lake shade balls | Photo by Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — They probably would not make good paperweights, and they are too hard to serve as stress balls. So, what can you do with a 4-inch wide shade ball that once floated on the Ivanhoe Reservoir?

The 400,000 black plastic balls are being hauled out of the reservoir, where they had spent nearly nine years helping reduce potentially harmful chemical reactions in the water.  Most of the balls are going to be recycled,  but Dan Gershon of Silver Lake was able to snag one. Gershon asked one of the workers who was hauling away shade balls to throw him one before driving away.

“Destined to become tomorrow’s pet rock,” said Gershon of his shade ball.

Dan Gershon’s shade ball

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  1. The neighborhood is screaming for a ball gag pop-up mart.

  2. They could sell the balls at … wait for it … Baller Hardware.

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