Runyon Canyon Temporarily Closing in April - NBC Southern California

Runyon Canyon Temporarily Closing in April

All hiking trails will close for four months, but the yoga field will remain open, officials say

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    Runyon Canyon To Close for Pipe Repairs

    Beginning April 1, the iconic Runyon Canyon and its trails will be closed for four months so "urgent" repairs can be made to a 100-year-old pipeline that runs under the park. Adrian Arambulo reports for NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Published Thursday, March 3, 2016) (Published Thursday, March 3, 2016)

    Los Angeles' popular Runyon Canyon hiking area will temporarily close this Spring to allow crews to install a new water line through the park, city officials confirmed Wednesday.

    Runyon, a popular destination for hikers and dog walkers with sweeping views of the sprawling metropolis, will close from April 1 to July 31, according to the Department of Recreation and Parks.

    All hiking areas in the 160-acre park in the Hollywood Hills will be closed off to the public, but the yoga field will remain open, city officials said.

    LA's Popular Runyon Canyon to Close for Months

    [LA] LA's Popular Runyon Canyon to Close for Months
    LA's popular Runyon Canyon, a destination for hiking and walking, will close for at least 3 months beginning in April. Adrian Arambulo reports for NBC4 Today in LA on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, March 3, 2016)

    The Department of Water and Power will being installing a one-mile long, 6-inch water pipeline that snakes through the park from Runyon Canyon Road to Mullholand Drive. It's designed to improve the city's fire protection system, reduce pipe breaks and improve the quality of water for surrounding communities.

    The DWP says there have been nearly three dozen leaks in the existing, decades old pipeline. Officials warn those leaks can damage the park and nearby neighborhoods by taking the form of sinkholes and mudslides.

    "This is a disaster waiting happen and we need to get this fixed," Councilman David Ryu said.

    By replacing the pipeline, firefighters will also be in better position to battle wildfires.

    Completely closing Runyon cuts the construction time in half, and also cuts the $2 million cost in half, according to officials.

    "It's going to have a big impact on our lives, especially being closed in the summer," said Kristan Delatori, who was hiking in the canyon Thursday. "Too bad they couldn't have done it during winter time."

    Runyon Canyon Closing

    [LA] Runyon Canyon Closing
    Los Angeles' popular Runyon Canyon hiking area will temporarily close for three months this spring to allow crews to install a new water line through the park. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
    (Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016)

    Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, though some construction could take place on weekends.

    "We'll make every effort to deliver this project as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Marty Adams of the DWP.

    Alternative hiking spots include:

    • Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive;
    • Fryman Canyon Park, 8401 Mulholland Drive, in Studio City;
    • Hollywood Reservoir, 6399 Weidlake Drive, in Hollywood; and
    • Wilacre Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, in Studio City.

    Adrian Arambulo contributed to this report.

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