LA’s popular Wilacre Park set to close for a while. Here’s why

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The popular Wilacre Park in Los Angeles will close Sept. 5 for upgrades,, officials announced Wednesday.

The 128-acre park, in Studio City, will reopen Jan. 5 after upgrades to restrooms and for workers to increase access to parking and recreational facilities for guests with limited mobility, according to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which preserves and manages local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails and wildlife habitat.

Authorities said the closure will allow them to install permanent bathroom and washroom fixtures, new toilets, bathroom stalls and sinks.

The park – which is just south of Ventura Boulevard, off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, is home to popular hiking trails, such as the Betty B. Dearing trail and the Cross Mountain Park trail system, which provide access to Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park and Franklin Canyon Park, and offers great views of the San Fernando Valley.

“We recognize and understand that the temporary closure will cause some disruption, and are actively working to reduce any inconvenience while providing park users with alternative options for outdoor experiences during the closure period,” said Ana Straabe, Chief of Park Development.

Further information about the park’s closure and planned improvements can be found at www.wilacrepark.com and www.lamountains.com.


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