Silver Lake Meadow is Open, momentarily poop free

Meadow panorama

As Will mentioned this weekend the meadow on the north eastern side of the Silver Lake Reservoir was finally opened to the public. Threats of it’s opening have been floating around for years, so when I confirmed this was legit I scooped up the family and ran over to check it out. The meadow itself is pretty fantastic actually. It’s a wide open and the grass is thick and lush – fun to roll around in and stuff.

For the moment anyway – while there are signs posted at every entrance stating that no dogs are allowed at any point (and the actual dag park is just a few steps away on the southern tip of the reservoir) people are either not noticing them or just outright ignoring them. We were there for about half hour, maybe 45 minutes and during that time there was an endless stream of people and their dogs walking through the meadow. Actually, just a few walking through – most of them were running around in the grass and pooping and peeing and generally dogging the place up. I give it a week or two until all the grass is dead and there are poop lamdmines every 5 feet.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

13 Replies to “Silver Lake Meadow is Open, momentarily poop free”

  1. So many treat park rules merely as suggestions — and I’m sure city and parks officials knew going in that all the signage in the world prohibiting dogs and sports is only as effective as the least considerate and most entitled visitor who ignores them. Short of stationing some sort of enforcement entity there full time all will be wise to be on the lookout for poop below and errant Frisbee throws above. In the meantime I’ll be awaiting the inevitable news of the first escalated altercation between someone who respects the space and someone who doesn’t.

  2. Many people treat many rules as mere suggestions: Stop signs, “no parking” signs, speed limits, no-driving-while-cell-phoning, etc. “If it’s personally inconvenient, I get to ignore it”, seems to be the mindset. Doesn’t surprise me most people would ignore the signs in the new meadow, too.

  3. No need to exaggerate to make your point. Though you’re absolutely correct about the rules, I do not agree with your statement, “most of them were running around in the grass and pooping and peeing and generally dogging the place up.” We were there yesterday and the area was not dug up nor was there any dog poop.

  4. Look at the Hollywood Reservoir park – despite the signs, it’s totally taken over by dogs. I hate to say it, but unless officials put some effort into enforcing the rules, Sean’s prediction will come true.

  5. People with dogs do seem to have a sense of entitlement. I think it’s a matter of them thinking of their dogs as children, even though to everybody else they are just dogs. Heck I think a bunch of them actually don’t think all that much of children and actually believe their dogs to be superior.

  6. Leave it to the dog people. The trail above Elysian Park is impossible to visit because of all the dogshit. Let them poop in their own yards.

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