Lawsuit Filed Over Controversial Plan for Runyon Canyon Park Basketball Court

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Neighbors of Runyon Canyon Park filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week, seeking to halt construction of a basketball court at the popular recreation area.

The suit was brought by several individuals who live near the park and a newly formed "unincorporated association" calling itself Citizens Preserving Runyon. It makes numerous arguments that the project should be stopped -- including that "affected neighbors and residents" were not given due process in the decision to approve the basketball court.

The lawsuit states that the city improperly exempted the project from environmental review and that "the noise impacts" from the court "will present a substantial permanent increase in ambient noise levels" both inside and outside the park and make traffic and parking problems worse.

It also contends that the construction of a basketball court runs counter to the park's 1986 master plan and violates the city's guidelines for off-leash dog exercise areas.

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