Runyon Canyon Gains 14.9 Acres of Open Space. A Huge Win for LA!
PRESS RELEASE City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Public Information Division
RUNYON CANYON PARK EXPANDS LOS ANGELES
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, along with Councilmember David Ryu, Fourth District, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Supervisor Kuehl announce today the acquisition of the 14.9 acre property located at 2450 Solar Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046, in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, adjacent to Runyon Canyon Park. The completion of this acquisition expands Runyon Canyon Park and permanently protects this parcel from development.
Runyon Canyon Park is one of the most beloved parks in Los Angeles and draws nearly 2 million visitors per year. Angelenos and visitors alike visit the park daily to hike the popular trails, walk their dogs, and meet up with friends to socialize and take in the scenic views. By acquiring this property for open space conservation, the Department of Recreation and Parks will ensure that it will remain open to the public for recreational purposes.
“Runyon Canyon is a beloved regional park that serves as a significant recreational resource for the people of Los Angeles. This purchase will expand our City’s open and green spaces, protect our natural habitats, and create healthier communities for all," said Councilmember David Ryu. "Most importantly, the newly acquired 14.9 acres will forever be removed from the threat of development, and instead preserved for many generations to come.”
The acquired land was privately owned and under the constant threat of further development and being closed to the public altogether. The acquisition of this property protects the parcel as an open space for recreational use.
“Expanding Runyon Canyon is a victory for the millions of Angelenos who regularly visit this park to get outdoors,” said Tori Kjer Los Angeles Program Director of The Trust for Public Land. “This trail and knoll are one of the most popular spots in Runyon Canyon, and this is a perfect example of the value of investing in natural outdoors spaces for our densest urban communities.”
The Department of Recreation and Parks partnered with TPL to secure the funding needed to acquire the land. Over the years, TPL has worked closely with the Department of Recreation and Parks to further its goal of creating parks and protecting land to ensure healthy, climate-smart communities with access to nature for all. Funding sources include Los Angeles County Prop A, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Prop 1, City of Los Angeles Prop K, Friends of Runyon Canyon grant, California Natural Resources Agency EEMP grant, and California Department of Parks and Recreation Stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant.
“I want to thank all the local government agencies and community groups who helped pull together the funds needed to expand this fantastic resource in perpetuity,” said LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “This is a great example of local government agencies working together with the public to expand and protect a resource that benefits everyone.”
“The Department of Recreation and Parks is thrilled to have finalized the Runyon Canyon Park Acquisition Project that has been in the works for some time with Councilmember Ryu and TPL,” said Michael Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “Runyon Canyon Park is a local treasure and we will continue to do everything possible to conserve this land to ensure Angelenos and visitors are able to enjoy recreational activities at the park for generations to come.”
For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events, activities, services, programs, and facilities, go to www.laparks.org, or call 311, or (213) 202-2700.
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Public Information Division 221 N. Figueroa Street, Ste. 450 Los Angeles CA 90012 (213) 202-2700/fax: (213) 202-2615