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What If You Could Swim In The Silver Lake Reservoir?

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The Silver Lake Reservoir is going to be undergoing a big transformation, so one group is asking: why not turn it into a rad beach while we're at it?

Swim Silver Lake came up with the idea of turning the reservoir into a small community lake called "The Silver Lake Plunge" complete with a beach and a section for doing laps (h/t LA Taco). The group writes:

Since the reservoir will be dismantled and disrupted, why not take this opportunity to improve our community and expand the ways we can use the reservoir? We can not only walk and run around a beautiful body of water, but transform it into a functional space for community recreation. We can create a new public gathering place to bring our LA communities together to support fun and fitness.

The Silver Lake Reservoir as it is now can no longer provide the city with drinking water because of new federal rules barring open air reservoirs. (I guess those weird black balls from a few years back didn't count.) Instead, our water supply will be coming from underground. The LADWP plans on tunneling underneath the reservoir, but that could leave a bunch of wonderful space right in the middle of Silver Lake.Here's the reservoir as it appears now:

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And here it is with its beachy makeover: