Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekend Parking Now Prohibited on Several Streets South of Runyon Canyon Park

Visitors to Runyon Canyon Park (and residents living on nearby streets) should be on notice that new parking restrictions have recently been put in place for "Temporary" Preferential Parking District (PPD) No. 112, which is located just south and west of Runyon Canyon Park’s Vista Street entrance (the segments of Franklin Avenue and Gardner Street that are north of Hollywood Boulevard and west of Vista Street).

The parking restrictions on these segments of Franklin Avenue and Gardner Street have been changed to prohibit non-residents (e.g. visitors to Runyon Canyon Park) from parking on those streets on the weekends. As you can see in the photo, the new restrictions are: No Parking Anytime Except; 2 Hour Parking 8AM-7PM Monday thru Friday.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: These new weekend parking restrictions for PPD No. 112 may help quiet some of the local residents on Franklin Avenue and Gardner Street, but they will do absolutely nothing to reduce the number of people who visit Runyon Canyon Park; do absolutely nothing to reduce the demand for park visitor parking in this area; and, do absolutely nothing to reduce the amount of litter and dog poo being deposited in these neighborhoods by visitors to Runyon Canyon Park and their furry friends.

What these new restrictions will do, however, is increase weekend traffic congestion in this area, as visitors to Runyon Canyon Park spend more time speeding up and down the adjacent streets in a fruitless search for more parking. I wouldn’t be surprised if these new restrictions also cause an increase in the number of complaints from residents living on nearby street that currently lack parking restrictions (such as Curson Avenue and the segments of Sierra Bonita, and Gardner that are south of Hollywood) as those streets will soon be completely overrun by visitors to Runyon Canyon Park.

Sigh. I wish the City would actually take the time to comprehensively address Runyon Canyon Park’s parking issues, instead of just pushing the parking problem from street to street.

14 comments:

Jeffrey Anglada said...

Way to shut-off one of Los Angeles' most popular public places.  What a shame park's are so ignored in Los Angeles.  Manhattan is greener than it is here.

Sendmelotsaspam said...

In planning/real estate circles, the absolute worst use of a piece of land is as a parking lot.

Scotsirishgirl said...

It would be nice if the city of Los Angeles would buy a property close to the canyon and erect a multi-level metered parking facility.  No more parking on residential streets...parking for park/canyon visitors.  Voila!  Problems solved!

Sendmelotsaspam said...

In planning/real estate circles, the absolute worst use of a piece of land is as a parking lot.

Anonymous said...

wow what's next closing runyon canyon?!!

Anonymous said...

One small suggestion, if you live in the area and don't like the foot traffic and car traffic maybe you should have thought of another place to live...

redc1c4 said...

sounds like a good reason for everyone to move to Manhattan... which would leave Los Angeles for us natives.

Gene Bivins said...

However, there has to be parking somewhere. Just NIMBY, right?

A Ryan said...

Parking garage? Are you kidding me? Some of you people are beyond ridiculous. Runyon as a public park came as a gift to us in 1987, well after these neighborhoods were created. Referencing Manhattan and Central Park as a comparison? As a former Central Park junkee, you guys are pathetic... more than 100,000 people enjoy CP - NO PARKING. So get a bike, grab a cab, jump on a bus, carpool. Stop yer cryin!

10 year park-goer said...

this is a total perversion of what residential parking permits are supposed to be.   none of the residents on these streets have ANY need for street parking.   single family homes with huge driveways.   all day today, the streets were totally empty - no cars anywhere, while parkgoers clamored and fought for the few remaining spaces.   it's disgusting.  they just don't like the public using the park, they think they own the park and the streets, and unfortunately, nobody spoke up enough against this, and the city council greased the squeaky wheels.

Health & Safety Concerned said...

Sounds like a good strategy to actually push The the City to do something about a reasonable parking solution for Runyon - like create parking in the park.  Unfortunately, the hikers sued the City to stop putting parking in the park years ago -- and look at the mess we have now!

J park user said...

The city got a park with the agreement and master plan that included and was contingent upon the inclusion of a parking lot at the Fuller entrance. They have paid for the plans more than once, they have had the funds to do a beautiful landscaped not invasive parking area and a few angry people that do not live in the area have repeatedly been very vocal and demanded that the parking lot NOT be installed.  It's a shame the city hasn't kept it's word to the neighbors that were responsible for getting the park in place to begin with. Now the problems have just multiplied (in many directions)! No city councilman, manger or mayor is willing to stand up for what is right, what was agreed upon and what would facilitate the best use of the park for everyone. But then we're talking politics and politicians!

Sharonmf said...

To the post below who thinks a parking lot at Runyon Canyon/Fuller Ave would be a good idea- you're CRAZY.  I live on Fuller, right at the top, right of the gate and already I can bearly get in and out of my building.  God Forbid if there was the propsed 90 space parking lot inside, we'd have 10x the traffic in line up the street coming and going. I would not be able to get out of my garage. 
The bottom line is, I live next to a park and if I don't like it, I should move (but I will not allow a parking lot/increase of traffic on Fuller) I personally also HATE dogs but that's my problem too.

Those stupid parking signs is only going to push traffic further south, doesn't solve anything.

vb said...

Parking and restroom facilities would be nice if they were in the park. So tired of seeing people urinate in resident's front bushy lawn.

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