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New Gates Officially Close At Popular Runyon Canyon Access Point
Today, the controversial gates to the Runyon Canyon Park hiking trail at Solar Drive that runs through the Mediterranean McMansion were closed to hikers.
As LAist previously reported, Fort Ashford Funds -- the owners of 2450 Solar Drive -- have built an alternative route that includes stairs so hikers can continue to trek the upper scenic trail, something the company says has improved Runyon and the surrounding community. Of course, many Angelenos have been unhappy with the change and see the path as a Los Angeles hiking staple.
The hillside by the popular path have eroded over the last two decades, and portions of the property were adopted by hikers as a public trail.
"We appreciate the community's understanding that the property where the house sits must be secured and the gates closed," Managing Member Frank Kavanaugh said in a statement.
"Finally, we have worked with Councilman LaBonge's office for the last two years to facilitate the city's plan to purchase the majority of the privately owned property for the benefit of the community."
The path will be transitioned to city-controlled property through a public/private partnership, according to Fort Ashford Funds.
"We have worked with Councilman LaBonge's office for the last two years to facilitate the city's plan to purchase the majority of the privately owned property for the benefit of the community," Kavanaugh said.
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