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Meeting for proposed Runyon Canyon zip line

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A pair of Los Angeles-area businessmen will make
their pitch for building a 2,900-foot-long zip line through Runyon Canyon to a
Hollywood Hills neighborhood council tonight April 15th.
Jeff Pruitt and Ryan Woods will make a presentation to the Hollywood
Hills West Neighborhood Council during the group’s 6 p.m. meeting. Cyd Zeigler,
vice president of the neighborhood council, told City News Service he hopes to
hear a “full presentation” on the zip line plan, since he has only heard
“whispers” about the proposal in recent months.
The neighborhood council does not plan to vote or take a position on the
proposal during the meeting.
Pruitt and Wood said they approached the city Recreation and Parks
Department last year about building a zip line in Griffith Park. After
discussing the idea with Recreation and Parks officials and Councilman Tom
LaBonge’s office, they opted instead to propose the line in Runyon Canyon,
Woods told CNS.
The zip line would start at Runyon Canyon Road just east of the power
line structure and drop gliders 500 feet into the canyon, Pruitt said, landing
north of Fuller Gate — a popular site for outdoor yoga classes.
Members of a Runyon Canyon Park booster group that raises money for the
park plan to speak out against the idea at the neighborhood council meeting,
although they didn’t elaborate on their specific concerns. But Pruitt and Woods
said they hope to win over residents concerned increased traffic by running a
shuttle from the Hollywood & Highland Center parking area, reducing the number
of tourists using residential streets and parking along the roads.
“We want this to become the new way to get to Runyon Canyon,” Pruitt
told CNS.
The pair also said they would donate $700,000 to fix trails, add
bathrooms and make other improvements at Runyon Canyon.
Joe Salaices, superintendent of Recreation and Parks operations, said
the proposal is in its “infancy stage” and city officials are still gathering
information.
A formal application has not been submitted to the city, but if the city
wanted to pursue the idea, there would have to be a competitive bidding
process to choose an operator, and the proposal would undergo a public and
“transparent” review process, Salaices said.
He said the city recently experimented with a smaller zip line at Venice
Beach that was “somewhat semi-successful,” but it is “not at the same
level” as the Runyon Canyon proposal.
Pruitt said the zip line would be one of very few in the country in an
urban area, with most built in “remote mountain ranges or areas overlooking
just water.”
The 

Runyon Canyon Park is a 130 acre park two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard. Photos by Gary McCarthy
Runyon Canyon Park is a 130 acre park two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.
Photos by Gary McCarthy

would offer “basically the best
view in Los Angeles,” including downtown, the mid-Wilshire area, West
Hollywood and “on a clear day you’ll be able to see the water,” Pruitt said.

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