HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Back in April, Canyon News reported that a basketball project in Runyon Canyon was being placed on hold due to public outcry.
City Council members stepped in after residents filed a lawsuit to block construction of basketball courts and a retaining wall at the park in fear that noise would echo through the canyon.
In addition, residents argued that the city did not follow proper procedures in order to approve the project and also did not give residents enough notice of the project. Approval of the court originally came in November 2015, when a deal was struck with local clothing brand Pink Dolphin, and CEO Neima Khaila.
On Wednesday, June 1, the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners voted to officially halt and, for the time being, end the basketball court project.
Since the board has made the decision to cease construction, the city will have to pay the owner, local donor Khaila, the cost to date, which is close to $210,000.
The project had planned to replace tennis courts that had been at the site location for more than 80 years. There is no news on whether a new location will be discussed in the future for construction of the basketball courts.