Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Saving Griffith Park



As a follow-up to last month's post about the proposed changes to Griffith Park, a reader pointed us to the site SaveGriffithPark.org.

The group behind the site has a problem with some of the issues we mentioned in our previous post, including the proposal to create six multi-level parking structures; two aerial tramways; and street widenings throughout the Park.

Also causing the group some concern: the moment to introduce traffic into the interior of the Park; the division of the Park into separate themed “lands"; the creation of a hotel, restaurant, culinary school and sports complex in the Park’s interior; the redesign of the 18-hole golf course at the expense of the Zoo Magnet School; a commercial pier on the Los Angeles River at the Los Feliz Bridge; and "additional public-private partnerships and revenue-enhancing schemes."

I gotta admit, an aerial tramway sounds kind of cool. But on balance, this new Griffith Park master plan seems a bit unnecessary.

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