HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Runyon Canyon, nestled in the Hollywood Hills, already offers popular hiking trails, stunning views and an off-leash dog park. Now two local businessmen are proposing to add another unique aspect to this much-loved landmark — a zip-line.
Ryan Woods and Jeff Pruitt are looking to run a zip-line through the Canyon. Their idea is to allow hikers who reach the top a fun, $50 ride down.
“The idea is that you’ll hike up, and you would have a mobile app that users can go on and make reservations for the zip-line,” Woods said.
The project would cost nearly $5 million, with investors footing the bill. $700,000 would be donated to Runyon Canyon to fix and maintain the trails, add bathrooms, and move forward with a number of other improvements.
However, not everyone is on board with the idea.
Resident Tim Halpin, who lives near Runyon, hikes the trails on a regular basis with his dog, and says he is concerned over the proposal.
“It can’t be done. It’s just over-saturated,” Halpin said. “There’s no parking. It’s very inconvenient here, and you have to address those issues first.”
Woods and Pruitt say those issues would be addressed under their proposal, which also includes a shuttle to run from the Hollywood and Highland Center parking area. They also say part of the annual revenue from the zip-line would go toward Runyon and other surrounding parks.
“It’s completely green,” Pruitt said. “It doesn’t need any type of water or electricity. It’s just gravity.”
A resident meeting is set to take place on Wednesday evening in Hollywood to discuss the proposal.