HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Two local businessmen proposed a 2,900 feet zip-line from atop Runyon Canyon to the entrance near Fuller Gate.
The proposal from Jeff Pruitt and Ryan Woods would give riders a chance to experience some of the greatest views of Los Angeles as well as the Hollywood sign. This would increase visitors to the park to enjoy the experience while building revenue. Supporters believe the zip-line would be able to generate around $8 million with steady business.
Included in the proposal are shuttle services from Hollywood and Highland that would resolve parking issues in the area and make Runyon Canyon more of an experience. Pruitt and Woods have also offered to give $700,000 in advance to help with park improvements such as trails, bathroom installation and other general upkeep.
The Recreation and Parks Department is not interested in the idea of the zip-line and neither are residents of the hills. Considering noise pollution from possible yelling and shuttle buses, locals expect the zip-line will affect the dynamic of their neighborhood. With increased tourism, residents believe it will lead to small businesses being created in the park, looking to sell snacks and water.
The Recreation and Parks Department has stated they stopped supporting the idea months ago when Pruitt and Woods originally wanted to build a zip-line in Griffith Park. Both men said they were receiving support from public officials, but would not disclose who.