Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Silver Lake Meadow, One Of Our New Fave L.A. Spots
Fine, I'll admit it. New York has us beat in one area: Meadows. Central Park's Sheep Meadow is a great gathering place during the summer for New Yorkers looking to just plop down and lie in the sun. Yes, we have the beach. But what about those of us a bit further east?
The Los Angeles State Historic Park has some great empty space near Chinatown, and is next to the Gold Line (for your trainspotting toddlers). But for folks closer to Silver Lake, your best bet was Griffith Park -- until now.
The long-awaited Silver Lake Meadow (tag line: "A Quiet Place") opened at the start of the month (although an official opening ceremony is set for later), and it's an immediate hit. With no dogs allowed (officially), it's also a perfect spot to let the little ones loose and let the shoes come off.
We met up with our pal Jessica and her two kids on Saturday for our first trip to the meadow... and it was an ideal setting. With the water from the reservoir shimmering nearby, the mountains in the distance and a partly sunny sky, it didn't take long for us to appreciate it. Even the wind was great for kite flying (thankfully, Jess brought two).
The meadow was formerly part of the Silver Lake reservoir but eventually filled in, creating this pasture. But it sat fenced in until the DWP finally ceded control to the parks department. Now, let's hope the lush grass stays healthy... and dog poop-free.