HOLLIVUD, CBSLA – Although several parks and trails in Los Angeles County are closed due to the huge crowds in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, one of the most popular hiking trails in the region is still open. But a Los Angeles City Councilman is hoping to change that.
PHIL – Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park near Hollywood Hills 24. May 2018. (Getty Images)
On Tuesday night, Los Angeles City Council member David Rue called for the closure of Hollywood Hills Ranyon Canyon Park this weekend. He also called for the closure of Lake Hollywood Park, a popular place for those who want to get a feel for the Hollywood sign.
In order to protect public health and in line with the recommendations on social distance from senior health officials, I believe we should close Runyon Canyon and Lake Hollywood Park over the weekend, Ryu wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. It’s very painful to make this request. I grew up in a two-bedroom apartment on Highway 101, and the parks of our city were my only access to the open space. As you know, I have been involved with parks and open spaces for many years, and as chairman of the city council’s park committee, I make access to parks a priority. However, after discussing this issue with health experts, I think it is a necessary step.
THAT CHANGES FOR A FEW DAYS: The popular Hollywood Canyon Runyon was much less crowded on Mondays, after it was filled with tourists on weekends. It remains open, although many parks and trails in Los Angeles are closed: https://t.co/sL2Hw7oEUT pic.twitter.com/3cMmqDWQqR.
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The request came after Los Angeles closed all of the city’s golf courses on Sunday, while the Mountain Guard and Recreation Authority, a government agency that manages 75,000 acres of parks in the Santa Monica and Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Hills, closed all parks and trails.
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has also ordered all parking spaces for the city’s beaches, including Cabrillo and Venice. The beaches themselves remain open.
On Sunday Santa Monica had to close all the parking lots on the beach to keep people away from the beaches, the bike paths and the palisade park. The Santa Monica pier has been closed since the beginning of last week. Venice’s beach promenade is also closed.
All beach and public parking lots, including nine in Los Angeles County, are also closed.
On Sunday, Los Angeles County issued a revised home security ordinance prohibiting public and private gatherings. It also calls for the closure of all nail and hairdressing salons, shopping malls and cinemas. Restaurants can only continue to open for closing and delivery orders. The original arrangement closed all gyms, clubs and cinemas.
Regional leaders said people can still walk, cycle and play sports at home.
Last week, the government of California, Gavin Newsome, issued a state-wide residence permit. According to the regulation, people can only leave their homes to meet their immediate needs. The Regulation prohibits any meeting of 10 or more persons outside the same building and requires the closure of non-essential businesses that need workers to work.