Residents will find out more tonight during an update on an underground water system project that threatens a grove of towering sycamore trees at the southern edge of the Silver Lake Reservoir in an area informally known as the Grassy Knoll. Many nearby residents were angered after discovering earlier this summer that the city’s Department of Water and Power needed to chop down the trees as part of a long-planned project. Councilman Tom LaBonge as well as the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, have encouraged the agency to look at alternatives to save the trees, even options that would disrupt traffic on nearby West Silver Lake Drive. Julie Wong, a spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti, explains what residents can expect from tonight’s meeting:
Silver Lake community members are encouraged to attend a meeting to get updated on the West Silver Lake Drive Bypass Line. The meeting will cover topics ranging from the line and site location for the construction tunnel, temporary walking path, and all impacts in and around the knoll area.
The meeting, which will start with a walk through the construction site, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. The formal meeting and presentation starts at 7 p.m. Click here to get more details about the 66-inch-wide pipeline and underground pressure regulator station planned for the Grassy Knoll area and West Silver Lake Drive.