Los Angeles: Runyon Canyon Park is a great place to hike in LA, but be careful where you park your car

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Runyon Canyon Park welcomes you, but the parking lot doesn’t. Regular hikers have started a petition to reopen a parking lot that has been closed since the pandemic began.

The popular walking spot has been closed in the name of COVID-19, but while the trail has reopened, Mulholland’s entrance car park is still closed.

“Obviously everyone with COVID, when it hit, needed more access to being outside, not less,” said Anna Stern of North Hollywood. “And so it wasn’t fair to make it more restrictive.”

Stern and her husband hike Runyon Canyon because it’s dog-friendly.

However, parking there is just the opposite. Stern called it a “dangerous catastrophe.” Cars are routinely ticketed and towed away.

“So there’s a ticket and there’s a fee for towing,” Jamarr Johnson explained. “So you end up spending $400, almost $500, just to get your vehicle back.”

“We started a petition and when we stand up here and ask people to sign it, people are more than happy to sign it,” Stern said. “We know hundreds, if not thousands, of people want this property to reopen.”

The petition has received more than 300 signatures so far.

Runyon Canyon is one of the most popular hikes in Los Angeles, drawing thousands of visitors every weekend. And with limited on-street parking, park-goers want answers from the city as to why public parking is being denied.

Jamarr Johnson decides to walk six miles from his home to Runyon Canyon every day, and he has a theory.

“My personal opinion, I think it’s part of the city’s plan to continue making money towing cars on a regular basis,” he said.

Eyewitness News has reached out to 4th Circuit Councilwoman Nithya Raman and the City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, but has received no response.

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