At least one of my Silver Lake wishes is coming true

On days like this, it's a crime that the Silver Lake Reservoir's not swimmable.

Remember back, way back a few months ago where I made that ridiculously long list of some things a newcomer like me wanted for my neighborhood of Silver Lake?

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Remember this item, in particular?

This week, just a few hours after I walked by the Silver Lake Reservoir on a 85-degree day and gazed longingly at its soon-to-be-decommissioned waters, this landed in my inbox:


Swim Silver Lake is a proposal launched by my friend and neighbor Catherine Geanuracos to convert the Ivanhoe Reservoir, which is being taken offline this year due to changing water regulations, into a swim lake and pool.

Obviously, I am thrilled about this development. There’s already a great model in LA for what this can look like, a place called Hansen Dam Swim Lake. And I believe we can do it in a way that supports the naturalization of the shore and preservation of the wildlife habitats around the larger, adjacent Silver Lake Reservoir. You can sign up for more information here.

If you want to learn more about this and other ideas for the reservoirs once they go offline, check out this event tomorrow via the awesome Bruce Chan of the awesome Bruce’s Buddies:

Silver Lake 2020 Pop-Up Presentation
@ Silver Lake Meadow
Silver Lake
By now, most of you have probably heard about some of the awesome proposals for the soon-to-be decommissioned Silver Lake Reservoirs, like most recently Swim Silver Lake (I know, right?) The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy will be out at the Meadow on Saturday for a pop-up presentation on what is possible (and feasible) for the future of the reservoirs. Stop on by while getting a walk in around this great recreational and ecological amenity for LA.

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