PRESS RELEASE: City Council Approves Runyon Canyon Park Study

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council approved funding for a study commissioned by Councilmember Ryu of park access, safety and mobility in and around Runyon Canyon Park to be undertaken by Dixon Resources Unlimited. Dixon, which recently completed a mobility, access and traffic study of Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign, will collect data and analysis about Runyon Canyon’s popularity, use, and access. Today’s motion follows one approved by City Council on January 30, 2018 instructing City departments to report back with strategies to improve visitor access and safety, as well as the natural environment to preserve wildlife habitats.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 20, 2018

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City Council Approves Runyon Canyon Park Study

The study is a part of Councilmember Ryu’s broader effort to improve parks and park access in Council District Four

 

Los Angeles -- Today, City Council approved funding for a study commissioned by Councilmember Ryu of park access, safety and mobility in and around Runyon Canyon Park to be undertaken by Dixon Resources Unlimited. Dixon, which recently completed a mobility, access and traffic study of Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign, will collect data and analysis about Runyon Canyon’s popularity, use, and access. Today’s motion follows one approved by City Council on January 30, 2018 instructing City departments to report back with strategies to improve visitor access and safety, as well as the natural environment to preserve wildlife habitats.

“Runyon Canyon needs our help, and it needs it now,” Councilmember Ryu said. “With over 1.8 million visitors per year, Runyon Canyon is facing threats to its trails, its wildlife and future access to the next generation of park-goers and their four-legged friends.

This study will give us the data we need to improve our park and ensure safety and access for years to come.”

The Runyon Canyon Study is set to be completed by the fall of 2018. At present, traffic and limited parking has made access to Runyon Canyon Park difficult, and kept park visitors stuck in their cars, and residential streets increasingly congested near the park. It will include occupancy counts at park entrances as well as intercept surveys of park visitors. With the data, Dixon Resources Unlimited will develop a Comprehensive Implementation Plan for Access and Mobility in and around Runyon Canyon Park. The plan will include both short and long-term strategies based on data and community input on how to ensure safe park access for park users and improved quality of life for residents.

“Runyon Canyon is a very popular and very important park - serving millions of residents, visitors and dogs every year,” said Julie Dixon of Dixon Resources Unlimited. “We are honored to partner with the City of Los Angeles and Councilmember Ryu in conducting and in-depth study and thorough analysis of Runyon Canyon park to protect this treasured resource for everyone.”

The study will cost around $28,000 and be paid for using discretionary funds from Council District 4. As the study begins, Dixon Resources Unlimited will be meeting with Councilmember Ryu’s office and community stakeholders to include the concerns of the surrounding neighborhood.

“We want people out of their cars and in our parks,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Los Angeles must be proactive in ensuring healthy parks and safe access for everyone who enjoys the vistas, wildlife, and trails of this iconic open space.”

Read the motion to approve the funding for the study here.

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion to improve Runyon Canyon here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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