The Los Angeles Recreation and Park Commission has endorsed construction of a health club and a new access road for the financially troubled Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Griffith Park.
The commission unanimously approved the concept of the health club and road on the condition that center president J. Albert Garcia not build a 300-room hotel at the center, which is on land owned by Los Angeles. The commission agreed that the health club is "an appropriate recreational use for parkland."
Specific plans for the improvements must be submitted to the commission and City Council for approval.
Garcia earlier this month reached an agreement with a commission subcommittee to withdraw the hotel proposal in a trade-off for the other improvements to the center, which is losing $100,000 a month and is $17 million in debt.
The hotel had been criticized by nearby Burbank residents, who said it would bring more traffic congestion to the area.
The proposal, approved by the commission Friday, calls for a new access road to the equestrian center from Forest Lawn Drive and the Ventura Freeway. The road will extend across the Los Angeles River and put the main entrance of the center in Los Angeles instead of Burbank.