Hundreds of Angelenos Celebrate Opening of Ivanhoe Pathway

Second Public Walking Path Opens at Silver Lake Reservoir Complex

LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2018) – Residents and visitors alike now have access to a walkway by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Ivanhoe Reservoir from dawn to dusk every day. The Ivanhoe Pathway was officially opened to the public on Saturday, January 26, in a ceremony at the north end of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex, home to both the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, LA Councilmember David Ryu (CD 4), Board of Water and Power Commissioner and Vice-President, Cynthia McClain-Hill and LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer Martin Adams.

“Los Angeles is a city full of beautiful public spaces, and we owe it to Angelenos to make sure they are as accessible as possible,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The new walkway at the Ivanhoe Reservoir will give residents a safe place to savor the outdoors, enjoy healthy recreation, and spend time with family and friends.”

“The Ivanhoe Pathway is another great addition to the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex,” said Assemblymember Friedman (D-Glendale).  “Projects like this help connect communities and give our residents new options to enjoy the outdoors and all that Silver Lake has to offer.”

“The Ivanhoe walking path is a welcome resource for this community and a symbol of what we can do when we work together,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Together, we are writing the next great chapter of the Silver Lake Reservoirs complex. I’m thrilled to continue this work with LADWP and the Silver Lake community to serve this iconic community resource.”

The Ivanhoe Pathway runs along Ivanhoe Reservoir near W. Silver Lake Dr. and Tesla Ave. The first walking path opened in February of 2018 on the south end of the complex, on the side of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

“The opening of a second walking path here at the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex allows stakeholders another vantage point to see, up close and personal, what was once an important drinking water supply source now transformed for the benefit of the community,” said Board of Water and Power Commissioner and Vice-President McClain-Hill. “This is the latest example of the great things that can be achieved through LADWP’s continued partnership with the local community.”

“While this complex still serves an important operational function for LADWP, we recognize it is also an integral part of the fabric of this community,” said LADWP’s Adams. “LADWP is proud to be a member of the Silver Lake community and to be able to work with our neighbors to enhance access to this iconic landmark for all to enjoy.”

Just like the grand opening for the first walking path, today’s grand opening of the north walking path also included a special 2.2 mile walk around the inside perimeter of the Reservoir Complex which ordinarily, is not accessible to the public. The event drew hundreds of community members and visitors to the iconic LA landmark.

Both walkways are a component of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Improvement Projects, a series of measures that are being implemented after feedback from local residents. The Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs no longer contain drinking water due to federal water quality regulations regarding open water sources. They were refilled in the Spring of 2017 ahead of schedule, using surplus water from that year’s above-average Eastern Sierra snowpack.