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 Los Angeles City Council could go into effect soon, making parking more challenging for those who do not live in the area.
Council voted Nov. 2 in favor of restricting parking on weekends. It is 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.