LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A popular Southland destination for tourists, joggers, and cyclists reopened Thursday after a seven-year closure.
The walking trail around Lake Hollywood reservoir was closed in 2005 after a record 35 inches of rainfall triggered landslides that destroyed the trail, leaving extensive damage to both the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and private property.
In honor of the reopening, a group of residents and hikers took to the trail for a morning walk along the 90-year-old reservoir, which was partially reopened in 2009.
The LAWDP collaborated with the community, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge to analyze the geology of the area and develop plans for a complete repair and restoration effort, with total costs topping $9.5 million.
LaBonge was among the group who walked the Reservoir and told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO a historic landmark has finally been restored to local residents.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge
"They actually did it right, rebuilding the hill, now it's safe for the homeowners above on the private property," LaBonge said. "We had a great walk this morning out to the dam; you get a beautiful view out over the water...it's just very exciting."
LaBonge encouraged Angelenos to come out and see the revamped Reservoir first-hand. Parking is available on Lake Hollywood Drive off Barham Boulevard, which provides convenient access to the walking trail.
Click here for a map of the Lake Hollywood Reservoir.
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