Silver Lake finds out what it’s like on the other side of the reservoir fence

The public was allowed to venture beyond the South Dam path and stroll around the rest of the Silver Lake Reservoir | Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — The opening of a new walking path across the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir attracted a large crowd Saturday morning that took in the views and explored the reservoir grounds that are normally closed to the public.

After opening remarks by elected leaders — including Congressman Adam Schiff, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — and other officials, a stream of people and dogs made their way along the top of the dam between Silver Lake Boulevard and West Silver Lake Drive. Visitors were then allowed to roam around the Silver Lake and adjacent Ivanhoe Reservoir.

It was the first time many had been on the other side of the tall chain link fence that encircles the two reservoirs.

“Not only did we get to see the water sans a chain link fence, but beautiful old trees, a former DWP caretaker’s cottage, and courtesy of the shade, some nice reflections on the water,” said Sandy Driscoll of Silver Lake.

The South Dam pathway will remain open every day from 6:30 am to between 5 PM to 7:30 PM depending on the time of the year.Dogs are allowed on leash but bikes are prohibited.

The rest of the reservoir property will remain off limits to the public as studies are conducted to determine future recreational and other uses for the landmark bodies of water.

Here are some photos of Saturday’s South Dam path grand opening:

A throng of visitor stretch along the length of the South Dam on opening day | Sandy Driscoll

Going down to the water | Sandy Driscoll

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Strolling along the east bank of the Silver Lake Reservoir | Sandy Driscoll

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Reflections of visitors on the dam between the Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs | Sandy Driscoll

A close up view of the gnarled old trees in front of the cottage that once served as home to the reservoir caretaker. Sandy Driscoll

What’s all the fuss? One of the ducks floating across the reservoir on the South Dam opening day | Sandy Driscoll

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