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There's A Plan To Launch A Zip Line At Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon (Photo by Mark Luethi via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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If you're getting tired of hiking at Runyon Canyon, have you ever thought about zip-lining over it? If you said "yes," then you're not alone: two guys want to turn that quirky nugget of an idea into a reality.

Businessmen Jeff Pruitt and Ryan Woods, who are partners of a sports management firm called UOU Sports & Ent., LLC., plan on proposing their 2,900-foot-long zip line idea to the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council this Wednesday, City News Service reports. The zip line would begin east of the power lines (you know, those eye sores?) and then drop down about 500 feet and end up at the gate at the Fuller Avenue entrance.

It's a touristy plan for sure, and local residents, including the Friends of Runyon Canyon, will have a chance to speak up at the meeting about their concerns. Priutt anticipates folks will be worried about increased traffic in the area's ridiculously hard getting a coveted parking spot in the area on weekends.

However, he says they have ideas on how to combat the inevitable parking problems, like shuttling people from the Hollywood and Highland Center over to Runyon Canyon. The duo would also donate $700,000 to improve the park, and Priutt says the City Recreation and Parks is looking into how the zip-lining business could raise revenue to fix up and maintain Runyon Canyon.

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According to the meeting agenda, the pair will be merely discussing the zip line with the group and hear folks out who oppose the plan. The proposal is really in its infancy stage, and there won't be any action or voting on the plan that will take place this week.

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