Monday, December 01, 2008

Last Week for the Vehicle-Free DWP Festival of Lights

This year, the DWP wisely extended the car-free portion of its annual Festival of Lights in Griffith Park through Dec. 7 -- hopefully a prelude to an inevitable decision to keep the cars out all together.

Maria and Evan met up with his cousin this weekend to walk the route (I had to pass -- I tore something in my foot during the Great Los Angeles Walk, and am currently limping), and all agree that it's the way to go. It's better exercise, you're not breathing in car fumes, and you're actually outside, experiencing the lights and the whole community vibe. (You don't get any of that while in the car, waiting 3-plus hours to drive through what's ultimately a pretty mediocre collection of lights.)

The cars return on Dec. 8, but you can still walk on the pathways after that. Parking for walkers can be found at the L.A. Zoo, or at the parking lots near the Merry-Go-Round. The route is a full mile (about 30 minutes).

The Festival of Lights continues until Dec. 30. Meanwhile, the DWP will hold a mini-fair on Dec. 5, 6 and 7, "featuring information on family activities, healthy nutrition, as well as some tasty treats."

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