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City Council Votes to Restrict Parking Near Runyon Canyon

Parking would be restricted on weekends on streets south of the park.

Anyone who has recently visited Runyon Canyon knows finding a parking space south of the park can be just as much of an adventure as the actual hike.

New parking restrictions that were recently approved by the City Council could go into effect soon — making parking more challenging for those who do not live in the area. 

The Los Angeles City Council voted Nov. 2 in favor of restricting parking on weekends. It's unclear how soon the new hours will go into effect and the vote is subject to reconsideration under council rules.

The move is designed to provide more relief for those who live near Runyon Canyon, but Todd Leitz, spokesman for Councilman Tom LaBonge, said LaBonge is interested in striking a balance for those who frequently visit the park as well as its nearby residents.

“From the Councilman’s point of view, he wants people to be able to go and enjoy the parks but realizes people live there,” Leitz said. “People who live there need to be able to get their trash picked up.”

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation recommends there be no parking except for two-hour parking 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Vehicles with District Number 112 permits would be exempt.

By restricting parking, visitors to the park would only be able to park for two hours at a time on streets south and east of Runyon Canyon’s Vista Street entrance and north of Hollywood Boulevard. The streets that would be impacted include: Franklin Avenue, Sierra Bonita Avenue, and Gardner Street.

The City Council voted 11-0 in favor of the restrictions. Councilman LaBonge, who was in China on a trip in his role as President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, was not present at the council's meeting, Leitz said.

Do you agree or disagree with the City Council's new parking restrictions for Runyon Canyon? Tell us in the comments.

John Milbauer November 07, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Great! I had to happen. Parking for residents has been impossible for some time. Now if we can get the city to enforce the restrictions.
Jeffrey Young November 07, 2011 at 04:40 PM
It would make sense to allow hikers at least 3 hours, so they can park and do the actual hike, 2 hours isn't enough, did any one think what this will do to the Mulholland parking area?
resident90068 November 08, 2011 at 07:09 PM
RECALL LABONGE. Once again LaBonge takes a firm stand on both sides of an issue providing no leadrship. Isn't it time that he "Man Up" on issues and represent the local residents that elected him to represent them? Also, when the City is cutting police and fire protection, who pays for his trip to China? How many people went that the City paid for? Maybe when he gets back he can expalin how they park in China. Is there no end to the self serving mediocre representation that LaBonge provides?
Brian Courville November 10, 2011 at 11:42 PM
I'm fortunate to live close enough to walk there. However, it's unfortunate for others who want to use a city park with very little parking. I agree with the 3 hour limit and it should be extended to 8pm.
ginger snaps November 15, 2011 at 11:35 PM
“People who live there need to be able to get their trash picked up.” ???? What kind of BS comment is that? The trash in that area is picked up, I believe, on Friday. I always see empty trash cans in the area, so apparently, that's not an issue. I live right off of Melrose where cars are always parked along the street. There's no problem in anyone getting their trashed picked up. Parking for residents has been a problem??? I go to Runyon almost every day. There are only a couple of cars parked on the street during the "permit only hours (7pm-8am)." People who live up there have houses with garages and driveways. Parking is only an issue for people who live in the apartments a couple of streets over but that's not a Runyon issue since hikers have to leave by 7pm. Tom LaBonge represents only the fortunate homeowners of these million $ homes. This will do nothing but make parking more difficult on other streets - people who live in apartments and have to park on the street. They don't have the luxury of getting the parking permits to park on Franklin, Gardner and Vista. Runyon Canyon encourages people, their families and their dogs to get out and enjoy a bit a nature and get some exercise. I guess only the homeowners in that area should this park. Don't suggest taking the bus either. Dogs aren't allowed on public transit.

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