STATEMENT: COUNCILMEMBER RYU CALLS FOR WEEKEND CLOSURE OF RUNYON CANYON & LAKE HOLLYWOOD PARKS

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu, chair of the City Council Committee on Parks, called on the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks to close Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park on weekends in order to ensure physical distancing and public health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts urge everyone to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another in order to slow the spread of the virus, but recent weekend crowd sizes at the parks have made compliance near impossible.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

March 24, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

COUNCILMEMBER RYU CALLS FOR WEEKEND CLOSURE OF RUNYON CANYON & LAKE HOLLYWOOD PARKS

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu, chair of the City Council Committee on Parks, called on the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks to close Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park on weekends in order to ensure physical distancing and public health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts urge everyone to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from one another in order to slow the spread of the virus, but recent weekend crowd sizes at the parks have made compliance near impossible.

In order to maintain public health, and in line with the social distancing recommendations from top health officials, I believe we must close Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park on weekends,” Councilmember Ryu wrote in the letter to General Manager Mike Shull. “Making this request pains me greatly. I grew up in a two-bedroom apartment off the 101 Freeway, and our City’s parks were my only access to outdoor space. As you know, I have been a long-standing champion for parks and open space, and have prioritized park access as chair of the City Council Committee on Parks. However, after discussing the matter with public health experts, I believe this is a necessary step.”

Runyon Canyon Park and Lake Hollywood Park are both located in the Fourth Council District, which Councilmember Ryu represents. On Sunday, March 22, the Mayor ordered the closure of all beach parking lots and golf courses, and on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom closed parking lots of State Parks. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has also closed their trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Read the letter here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 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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