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Water Main Replacement Causes Runyon Canyon to Close for Four Months

Runyon Canyon, a popular hiking park in the Hollywood Hills that’s famous for its views of Los Angeles, will be closed for four months starting in April, say officials.

The shutdown resulted from the corrosion of a six-inch water main, which stretches a mile through the park, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Excluding the yoga field, the entire 137-acre park will be closed to the public starting on April 1st. Crews will be working on replacing the pipeline. Construction is scheduled to run every weekday from 7 am to 4 pm.

The nonprofit group Friends of Runyon Canyon released a statement about the incident, saying, “We are just as disappointed about the park closure as you likely are. We are looking at this as a short-term inconvenience that will ultimately lead to a more reliable, safer park for the future.”

The mile-long pipe running through the park was installed in the 1930s; in general, experts recommend replacements if a sewer or pipe system is 40 years or older.

The superintendent of recreation and parks for the Griffith Park region said that the pipe “has deteriorated to a level that is of serious concern.”

Indeed, he said that a break in the line “would probably cause major damages, not only in the park but also to properties surrounding the park.”

The new pipe is expected to provide much better water quality to the park, in addition to providing fire protection.

This repair will probably be one of the first of very many. Recently, a Los Angeles Times analysis found that about one-fifth of the city’s water pipes were installed before 1931, and nearly all will reach the end of their lives within the next 15 years. Considering the drought, which is in its fourth year, the water main leaks can cause serious problems for the city’s water supply.