As Ruth reported here on Thursday, the Silver Lake Reservoir meadow, a marvelous piece of fenced-off greenspace on the east side of the water was open to the public for 120 minutes this morning and reportedly the first time in 60 years partly in celebration of Earth Day and partly to present plans and allow the public to step up to the mic and yell yay or nay or feh or rawk or pfft or cool. Among some of the populi voxing there was concern about the impact on the meadow’s wildlife, area parking, pedestrian dangers, as well as oddly enough the impact the open meadow with have on Cal-Poly peeps to park 18-wheelers in front of the Neutra house they own across the street. Go figure. I tried to get a “Let The Trucks Park” chant going, but Councilman Tom LaBonge gave me a sideways glance that guilted me into submission.
Personally my favorite dialog was between a particularly adamant citizen vehemently opposed to opening the meadow and Councilman Eric Garcetti, who’s not:
Citizen: You go right ahead and smirk, Eric.
Garcetti: I’m not smirking.
Citizen: Oh yes you are.
Garcetti: Trust me. I’m not.
Anyway, I listened to the give and take a bit but mainly wandered the wonderous expanse snapping pictures, including this pano from as close to the water’s edge as I was allowed by burly DWP security personnel (click for scrollicious biggification):
More pix of the meadow and the walk to and from it are here on Flickr.