LOS FELIZ — Matthew Fleischer of the L.A. Times Opinion section becomes the most recent person to ask why the lush and landscaped grounds of the Rowena Reservoir remain off limits to the public despite a lack of nearby park space.
The six-acre site surrounded by a tall green metal fence contains an artificial lagoon, waterfalls and swaying palm trees at the northwest corner of Rowena and Hyperion avenues, a short walk from the Trader Joe’s, Gelsons and thousands of residents. The park-like grounds were built by the L.A. Department of Water and Power atop of a 10-million gallon water storage tank (aka the Rowena Reservoir) more than 20 years ago as a water-quality improvement project.
Why can’t the public stroll around the grounds? Officials have long said that high-voltage electrical and other equipment related to the reservoir tank poses a hazard to those who wander nearby. Also, as one official told the Times, the “DWP isn’t in the parks business.” However, the same agency official says “we are open to opportunities to use our properties in different ways.”
But not everyone may welcome turing this fenced off property into a public park. Efforts to open up the Silver Lake Reservoirs property to the public have and continue to meet with opposition from many neighbors.
Will that green fence around the Rowena Reservoir ever come down or will the public just have to enjoy the view from afar?
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