Silver Lake Community Celebrates Opening of South Dam

Silver Lake Reservoir South Dam


SILVER LAKE - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), recently hosted a community celebration to debut the long awaited South Dam walking path to expand public access to the Silver Lake Reservoir.

The ceremonial ribbon cutting was attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, LADWP Chief Operating Officer Marty Adams, LADWP Board members Mel Levine and Bill Funderburk, Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy member Dave Keitel, and hundreds of local residents and advocates.

Creating the South Dam walking path was an element in the 2000 Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoir Master Plan, but since that time much has changed. Through an agreement with LADWP and the City’s Bureau of Engineering, a new master plan will be created through a robust community engagement process guided by Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu.

“I look forward to working with the community and the city departments on a comprehensive visioning process for the newly decommissioned Silver Lake Reservoir Complex,” said O’Farrell. “This once in a lifetime opportunity will ensure that we can coalesce behind a collective vision for its long term future that will likely include greater access, sustainable conservation practices, and other improvements that will be born out of input from neighborhood participants.”

Next steps on the timeline for hiring the consultant and starting the community engagement on the Master Plan will be announced soon.