As an avid hiker I was concerned when this came into my mailbox about the benches being removed at the top of Runyon Canyon from my friend, Tom Tully.
This landmark area for hikers no longer has a seat that made me and my then young boy, feel like we were Tom Hanks in Big after climbing onto the bench and dangling our feet.
From the back of Fryman another destruction has taken place. Rangers brought in a crew of kids to teach them how to clear the trees leaving entire branches and whole trees fallen on paths so many use that is off-trail a bit. An area where one would cross large boulders as the stream ran no longer has the boulders and the trails are more dangerous by the destruction of the side being cut down.
Tom Tully asks that you write our councilman Tom LaBonge and provides an address below along with a letter to use as a guide. I ask that you ask for answers of how much longer we're going to have our hills to hike? The truth not political language. Look up Hollywood Central Park - more is coming and much around here will be gone as a result of 'we need to rebuild California' - remember that one? If we were rebuilding our people and helping them I would have agreed with that statement but have seen the damage done througout this state.
Dear Tom and staff,
I am writing to you about a serious issue. The benches that have been removed from Runyon Canyon Park. Although I am aware that such an event may seem inconsequential compared to other problems we face in this city, to those of us who cherish them the removal of the benches is of deep concern. We need them returned to Cloud's Rest!
Let's be frank, Tom. LA is a city that cherish very little of it's past. Despite a rich history and a booming tourist trade so much of what I knew and loved about Los Angeles when I first came here has been ripped up, discarded, bull dozed over or has just plain disappeared.
The main overlook bench known as HIGH BENCH has sat cemented in it's place for decades and could not be moved unless by machine. It is a treasure, not just for it's most practical usage, providing a respite for the weary traveler, but as a great gathering place for families and friends. So often I have met people from all over the world on that very bench or the ones nearby it. It is a simple yet endearing landmark. It needs to be returned.
Some permanent solution must be found to maintain the presence of such a well used city treasure. The other two benches are also well used and deeply missed.
Wendy Cutler and I are the main organizers of a hiking group in the canyon. All our people, as well as most everyone I see there, are very respectful of Runyon.
I call it our "vertical Central Park."
We need to have those benches reinstalled.
Thanks you for your consideration,
Please send an email to: Tom.Labonge@lacity.org Make up your own but basically just say "BRING THE BENCHES BACK" and he will get it.