first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSaying too few streets were affected, city transportation officials denied earlier requests for the parking district. But City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, saying residents deserve relief from the park traffic, has asked for parking restrictions until a permanent solution is found. Brown said the preferential parking district is only a Band-Aid. He wants the conservancy to rescind the $3 fee and enlarge the lot. But the conservancy’s director of public affairs, Dash Stolarz, said the state agency has no plans to lift the fee that helps pay for park maintenance. The conservancy has taken no position on the proposed parking district, although it could be harder for hikers to use the trail without street parking, Stolarz said. “There’s not enough space in that parking lot for the people who want to go. It’s a public park, and the public has a right to visit its park. We are open to any suggestions,” she said about a solution. Robert Locke, 21, and some friends parked on the street to avoid the $3 charge as they prepared to hike the three-mile Betty B. Dearing Trail loop at Wilacre Park on Tuesday. If street parking near Wilacre were prohibited, they said they would probably visit Runyan Canyon or another free hiking trail. “This is such a beautiful place to work out. I don’t understand why they’d want to limit it. It’s kind of selfish. If nobody is bothering (the residents), I don’t understand. What’s the problem?” STUDIO CITY – Tired of hikers’ cars clogging their neighborhood, homeowners have asked city officials to ban public parking on the streets around Wilacre Park. The park off Laurel Canyon Boulevard is so popular with hikers that the 30-space parking lot fills quickly. And the congestion has been worse since the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy began charging $3 per car to park in the trail-head lot. “It’s dangerous. It’s crowded. You have people walking down the middle of Fryman Road. I’ve had to swerve out of the way of dogs jumping out of cars,” resident Clancy Brown said. At its meeting today, the City Council’s Transportation Committee is scheduled to consider creating a one-year preferential parking district to limit street parking to residents with permits. The district would include Fryman Road, near the park entrance, and Iredell Street. Free parking for the Dearing Trail is also available through the TreePeople headquarters at the top of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and at the Nancy Hoover Pohl overlook on Mulholland Drive, between Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyon Boulevards. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more