Councilmember O'Farrell Announces Series of Silver Lake Improvements

Silver Lake Reservoir



SILVER LAKE - Several new projects that will benefit the community are either underway or about to begin installation near the Silver Lake Recreation Center and Reservoir Complex, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.

The following projects are taking shape in the area:

  • The Department of Recreation & Parks will begin installation to replace the chain link fence at the Silver Lake Dog Park, with a new vinyl-coated fence along Silver Lake Boulevard. Both small and large dog parks will be temporarily closed to allow crews to regrade the dirt along the border and complete the installation.  Construction will take place from January 15th to January 26th. Please remember: Dogs are not allowed in other areas of the park at any time.
  • The Councilmember funded a new pedestrian-activated warning beacon (a flashing yellow light for vehicular traffic in both directions) next to the Silver Lake Recreation Center at Silver Lake Boulevard and Van Pelt Place. This dangerous stretch of road will now be safer for residents who want to access the dog park, as well as the soon to open South Dam walking path (more info below). Construction should wrap up by the end of the month, and should be activated in the coming weeks.
  • Working with local residents, City Plants, the Los Angeles Beautification Team,  and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the Council office will fund the planting of 30 Chinese Flame Trees and African Sumac along West Silver Lake Drive. The Council office received requests from nearby residents to plant the trees to provide much needed shade along the walking path. The trees will be planted later this month to take advantage of the remainder of the rainy season.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will open the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir. This will provide greater access to the facility, enhance the pedestrian experience at the complex, and allow park-goers to have closer access to the water which is something the community has desired for a long time. The Council office and LADWP will host a community celebration and grand opening for the pedestrian access on February 10.

While there is a temporary inconvenience on some of these projects, especially the dog park improvements, Councilmember O’Farrell says the area will re-emerge vastly improved.

“The Silver Lake Reservoir and Recreation Center are special gathering places, and I am thrilled to partner with the community on enhancements in the area,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The work taking place over the next several weeks will improve safety, accessibility, and help green the area and clear the air we breathe. These are all things I have fought for during my time in office, and I will continue to do so on your behalf in the years ahead.”

More information on the Grand Opening of the South Dam will be announced in the coming weeks.