Silver Lake takes another step to opening up its reservoirs

Ivanhoe Path

The new Ivanhoe Path

SILVER LAKE –  City officials were on hand as a new path was opened to the public today along the Ivanhoe Reservoir .

The Ivanhoe Path itself is not that long — perhaps about 1,000 feet — and only skirts the west side of the Ivanhoe Reservoir, which sits immediately north of the much larger Silver Lake Reservoir. But it does put walkers, runners and other visitors closer to the water.

The path opened a year after a walkway opened across the dam on the south side of the Silver Lake Reservoir and as the city begins the process of updating the master plan to guide future uses for the property.

“The Ivanhoe walking path is a welcome resource for this community and a symbol of what we can do when we work together,” Councilmember David Ryu said in a statement.

The path, which is located in the 2300 block of West Silver Lake Drive, will be open to the public from dawn to dusk every day.

In addition to walking along the new path, visitors were allowed to walk around the edge of both reservoirs that is usually off limits to the public.

Thanks to Sandy Driscoll for sharing her photos of today’s event.

Geese take in the strollers | Photo by Sandy Driscoll

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

The path immediately next to the reservoir was opened only for today’s event | Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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  1. How about taking down the barbwire fence AT LEAST on the street side of this walkway?

    It’s still sickening that a truly great public / outdoor space is being suffocated by wealthy residents of the lake who don’t want anyone ELSE to enjoy quality accessible open space that the city so woefully lacks.

  2. James, I’ve heard this comment a lot on these message board, so I have to ask. The barbed wire fences prevent everyone from accessing the water, including the people who live around the reservoirs. They don’t have any keys or secret access that the rest of us don’t have. I’ve heard many residents who live around the lake asking for the fences to be removed. What makes you think that the tall fences give the lake adjacent residents any elitest benefits that the rest of us don’t have?

    • The residents who live in the hills can see the lake from their houses in the hills. Everyone else must look through a chain link fence. It’s literally a monument to elitism.

  3. Yeah, I’m sorry, I don’t see it that way. A fenced lake that up till very very recently was an open-air drinking water reservoir does not at all strike me as a monument to elitism. However, I’m all for the fences coming down, as are all of my friends who live right on the reservoir or the hills above it. I don’t think anyone likes looking at chainlink fences or barbed wire if they don’t have to, including the “elites” who chose to live in silver lake. I have a feeling we’ll see many of immediately adjacent neighbors asking for the fences to come down during the master planning process to turn the reservoir into a more recreational area. Issues of parking and congestion will of course come up, as they do for every public piece of land in LA, and they should be addressed sensibly. I wish we didn’t have to find artificial grounds for division when we have so many more important issues we need to address with a united front.

  4. Great news. Now, the homeless will be closer to their new outdoor toilet.

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