In case you hadn’t noticed, for the last year the Silver Lake Reservoirs have been bone dry–and not because of the drought. Part of a long-standing plan to take both reservoirs offline so that they no longer store drinking water for LA, the construction process has left many people confused about the future of, well, Silver Lake. LADWP, whose ongoing work has turned the reservoirs into a scene straight out of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, has recently announced plans to refill both reservoirs in the most environmentally friendly way possible with groundwater pumped in from existing wells starting in May 2017. But that’s just the beginning of the potential for change…

Join us on Sunday, October 23rd as we come together with Silver Lake Forward for a series of walks around the reservoir to celebrate this important community resource. The first tour at 10:00am will focus on the future of Silver Lake, the second tour at 1:00pm will focus on the history, of which there is plenty. Each tour will also serve as an opportunity to discuss the construction currently underway, as well as to think about the tremendous potential to revitalize one of Los Angeles’s most important public spaces. For inspiration, see renderings of what Silver Lake Forward is proposing the reservoir could look like in the not-too-distant future!

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The first 20 families to arrive will receive a free t-shirt. And in between the two tours, Silver Lake Forward will host a picnic at the Recreation Center with pizza provided by Tomato Pie (until it runs out!). We really hope you will join us for this fun-filled day of family activities and presentations about Silver Lake Forward’s ideas for the future. 


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This is the seventh event in our series Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper. Following up on our 2014 Making LA conference, these events will look at issues in the areas of TransportationWaterDensity and Community with the goal of bringing designer- and artist-driven solutions to those issues to life. In this way, we hope to turn the original Making LA conference into a long-term call-to-action and turn in-person inspiration into four real-world solutions for the city. Making LA is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Want to sponsor an upcoming event? Learn more.