Tomorrow is the last scheduled public hearing before City Council’s December 12th vote on whether or not to pave a portion of Runyon Canyon into a parking lot. (announcement after the jump)
I’m a bit torn on this issue. The lower lot of Runyon is used frequently for free yoga classes, and as a chunk is fenced in, to let some dogs run around a bit. It also stinks of dog poo as a result of negligent pet owners who abuse the lax enforcement of the non-off leash areas of the park and look the other way when their canines run away from them to leave a landmine.
On the other hand, visitors regularly have to circle the neighborhood in search of parking, snarling traffic a bit. Surprisingly, residents adjacent to the park are the most vocal against building the parking lot, citing worries of a parking lot attracting even more visitors and the enviornmental impact (although the emissions spewed by the circling cars may cause even greater long term damage).
I’d love to hear what any readers familiar with Runyon Park think of the plan.
Runyon Canyon Park Parking Area Project – upcoming City Council hearings
The City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 in City Hall’s room 1010 at 2pm or soon thereafter to consider a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) appeal filed by Randy Dodge and The New Friends of Runyon Canyon. It’s an appeal from the Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners’ approval of a mitigated negative declaration for the proposed Runyon Canyon Park parking area project, which would be at the southern end of Runyon Canyon Park. It’s Case No. E1904613.
The full Los Angeles City Council also will consider this CEQA appeal on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at approximately 10 am or soon thereafter in City Hall’s room 340, which is the John Ferraro Council Chamber.
If you are unable to appear at these meetings, you may submit your comments in writing to the City Council, Attn: Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee at Los Angeles’ City Hall, Room 395, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
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