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Runyon Canyon Hiking Trails Reopen Tuesday

The hiking trails at Runyon Canyon will reopen Tuesday following a four-month closure that allowed for repairs on a water pipeline.

The repair work at the park located in the Hollywood Hills area west of the 101 Freeway was done on a roughly one-mile stretch of a 6-inch Department of Water and Power water pipe line, said Diana Bulnes, spokeswoman for the city Recreation and Parks Department.

Runyon Canyon is one of the city's most popular hiking spots, thanks to its sweeping views of the city and the nearby Hollywood sign. A yoga field at the park remained open during the pipe-repair project.

The Department of Water and Power said earlier this year that during the closure it would install a one-mile long, 6-inch water pipeline that snakes through the park from Runyon Canyon Road to Mullholand Drive. It was 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 about three dozen leaks in the existing, decades-old pipeline. Officials warned those leaks could damage the park and nearby neighborhoods by taking the form of sinkholes and mudslides.

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