Now that the DWP’s pipeline project is complete and the reservoirs have been decommissioned as a drinking water storage facility, City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and David Ryu have pledged to the Silver Lake community to fund and oversee a new Master Plan process for the reservoirs, which will be administered through the city’s Bureau of Engineering (BOE). According to a report recently published by Councilmember O’Farrell’s office, the DWP is currently assessing it’s needs for any operations on site - this information will allow the BOE to determine the appropriate framework for considering new changes on the property. The BOE will take bids from contractors to design and implement a process for community meetings, workshops, etc. The new plan document to guide future changes at the reservoir may take 2-3 years to complete. (Long time residents may recall that the community undertook a similar mission - on a similar timetable - in the late 1990s, which lead to the creation of the popular walking paths and Meadow Park.)
Many thanks go out to our elected representatives and the DWP for supporting the community’s wishes and needs for this cherished public space. We look forward to robust community participation in this process, and hope to see you there when community meetings are announced.