LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11 / AP) - Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu’s office confirms that the Runyon Canyon hiking trails will be closed from April to July to allow for the replacement of approximately one mile of pipes that runs through the park.
The pipes are part of the fire protection system in the area and are needed to improve water quality and reduce pipe breaks in that area.
Ryu, along with the LADWP, The Department of Recreation and Parks, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and Friends of Runyon Canyon will talk about the temporary closure of Runyon Canyon Park from April to July 2016 for pipe replacement work Thursday morning at 9:30am.
With popular Runyon Canyon set to be closed for four months for a pipe replacement project, city officials today offered a list of alternative areas with similar hiking and recreational opportunities.
Alternative areas include:
- Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive;
- Fryman Canyon Park, 8401 Mulholland Drive, in Studio City;
- Hollywood Reservoir, 6399 Weidlake Drive, in Hollywood; and
- Wilacre Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, in Studio City.
The Runyon Canyon hiking trails and other areas in the park, with the exception of the yoga field, will be closed from April until July to make way for the Runyon Canyon Water System Improvement project to replace one mile of a 6-inch pipe at the park.
The Department of Water and Power has identified more than 30 weak spots along the pipe that are prone to leaks. The pipe is in urgent need of being replaced, especially because the fire department depends on it to fight fires, according to city officials.