Hollywood Sign Access Suspended For Now
Posted by Alex Nochez on Mar 27, 2014 - 1:30:15 AM
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Hollyridge Trailhead was closed on March 25 to build new barriers to prevent unauthorized overnight access by tourists.
Beachwood Drive in chaos. Photo courtesy of Vimeo.
That area near
Beachwood Drive will be closed for the next five weeks while the Department of Recreation and Parks spend their time constructing the new barrier. Once completed, the Councilman Tom LaBonge noted to the Los Angeles Times that visitors will continue to be able to visit the sign, but only in the hours between dawn and dusk.
Councilman LaBaonge originally introduced a motion on January 28 instructing several departments, including the LAPD and LAFD, to provide a thorough assessment of the area, citing traffic concerns and numerous complaints from locals about the chaos brought by curious tourists.
Canyon News reached out to Joe Salacies, Superintendent of Griffith Park, for more information, but he did not respond to any inquiries as of the printing of this story.
A March 20 letter from Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Department of Transportation, to the Los Angeles City Council suggested that the city post new signage in the area east of
Beachwood Drive, roughly between Ledgewood and Hollyridge Drives that would discourage tourists from parking in the area leading up to the trail. These signs would warn people that their vehicles could be towed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the entirety of the week.
Mukri also suggested that a dirt parking lot currently sitting north of the end of
Beachwood Drive could be restricted to parking for stables only by placing an electric gate operated by the stables. Another letter from the Fire Department agreed with these solutions, noting that the actions recommended, especially the new signage, would provide immediate results.
“The Departments will continue to study the situation and make further recommendations and reports as warranted,” said Mukri in his letter.