A fundamental part of the mission statement of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy is that it "works to reflect community preferences regarding the property and advocates accordingly." As a mediation partner with LADWP in the 1990s, SLRC helped choose an outside contractor, Mia Lehrer + Associates, to prepare the Master Plan for the Silver Lake Reservoirs.
The Master Plan document reflected input from the hundreds of community members who participated in a series of public presentations and workshops in 1999 and 2000. The comprehensive document was drafted and was approved by LADWP Board of Commissioners in November 2000.
SLRC actively engaged the community to lobby for funding for projects to realize the community's preferences expressed in the Master Plan. In the wake of multiple pedestrian fatalities, the highest priority was to construct a safe, off-street walking/jogging path around the reservoirs. This work was done in phases, accompanied by additional community meetings and documented input. To see input provided by community members at community meetings in November 2003, August 2005, and December 2006, continue here.
SLRC has collected community feedback on reservoir uses and concerns for over 20 years. It has specifically commissioned formal surveys, both in 2009/2010 as well as in 2016.
Prior to the design and construction of the Meadow Park, SLRC undertook to seek additional community input by way of two surveys, sent by mail to randomly selected addresses in both 2009 and 2010. You can find the 2009 SLRC survey results here, and the 2010 SLRC survey results here.
In 2016, SLRC commissioned its largest, most comprehensive community survey. It sent 4-page color printed surveys to 3,400 randomly selected residential addresses throughout the official boundaries of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council (which contained over 14,000 such addresses). More than 800 responses were received. The report on these survey results may be viewed here.
*As a historical frame of reference, the pedestrian paths on West Silver Lake Drive and Armstrong Avenue opened in 2005, the pedestrian path on Silver Lake Boulevard opened in 2008, the Silver Lake Meadow opened in 2011, and the Tesla Walking Path (sidewalk) opened in 2013. Both LADWP and CD13 now support the completion of the pedestrian path along the top of the south dam of the reservoir.