Maintenance of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Pathway, an issue of primary importance to the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, has gained some key support in recent weeks.
The Conservancy has learned that the offices of City Council members Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge have contracted with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to provide regular maintenance of the path and landscaping for one year. Conservation Corps crew members, composed of trained at-risk teens, are now coming every other Friday to perform light maintenance on the Armstrong Avenue segment of the path and adjacent landscaping, as well as cruising around the entire reservoir path to pick up trash and dead tree limbs and pull a few weeds. The Corps has also started a survey of the irrigation problems in the landscaping along the Armstrong “up and over” to determine what repairs are needed to the system and how they can be completed. Plans to plant new landscaping along this section of the path are also being considered.
SLRC’s Path Pals held its Summer Weeding Party of Sunday morning, June 7 from 9am to 11am. Community members joined SLRC in weeding the pedestrian path along Armstrong Avenue and Silver Lake Blvd. Path Pals is a service of SLRC aimed at preserving and enhancing the appearance, safety, and usability of the pedestrian paths around the Silver Lake reservoirs.
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The next Path Pals Weeding Party will be held Sunday Oct. 5 from 8-10 am along the Armstrong “up and over.” Since we were last there, the weeds have grown….and grown…and grown. Nature stops for nothing!!
Please join us for a few hours to help tame this section of the path and return it to its former glory.
For the upcoming year, it is our intention to meet on the first Sunday of even numbered months (October, December, February, April, June and August) from 8-10 am to weed wherever the need is greatest. (We will let you know before each “party” where we will be meeting.)
CSSLR is grateful for all the community support that this project has received and that it is our intention to continue this vital community service.
See you on the Path October 5!
What is it about weeds? They grow without water, in burning heat, slashing wind, in asphalt, concrete, under trees and under foot. And because weeds are relentless, the Path Pals have been relentless in ridding them from the Silver Lake path.
From May – July, the Path Pals hosted several weeding “parties” where dozens of neighbors met on West Silver Lake Blvd. to clear tree beds and curbs of unwanted weeds, as wells as clear and restore clogged irrigation bubblers. And one evening in June, a few hearty souls tackled Armstrong’s stubborn and deep-rooted “volunteers” with a light evening breeze at their backs. Towers of weed-filled bags sitting on the curbs waiting to be picked up were testimony to their efforts.
Although some Path Pals have increased their investment in Advil, no one minds the occasional soreness. Their community spirit contributes in a small but significant way to beauty of the Path and all the enjoyment it provides a host of users every day.
When the new path extension on Silver Lake Drive opens, it will no doubt need weeders to keep it beautiful. If you would like to join the Path Pals for the Fall Weeding Parties, go to the CSSLR website for upcoming dates.