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Finally: Silver Lake's Passive Action-Only Meadow Gets Soft Opening Tomorrow

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The 2007 design for the Meadow (Download a .PDF here)
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There are a few "finishing touches" left to be made, but tomorrow Silver Lake's newest chill zone, the Meadow, will "soft open" to the public. A release made the e-rounds today announcing a opening ceremony tomorrow for the new park space, which will be available for use for "passive" activities only ("jogging, walking and strolling; laying on the grass; looking at the Reservoir," they describe) so you'll have to shelve your soccer team start-up dreams.

Both City Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti will be on hand (the Reservoir, park, and neighboring areas belong to both their districts), as will members of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, who were instrumental in making the Meadow a reality.

The fate of the Meadow was decided in 2008, when many began to question the future of the Reservoir and ways to make the space more inviting and welcoming to a public in need of more green space. It took a little longer than anticipated to get the Meadow ready for its debut; when the jogging path around the Reservoir opened in late 2008, the projected opening date for the Meadow was summer 2009. Blame the state's budget crisis and bad weather, says the Eastsider LA.

However, April 2011 it will be, and tomorrow's Noon-time ceremony marks the official opening of three acres of parkland to the Silver Lake community. The park will be open from dawn to dusk.