Griffith Park Set To Expand By 9.7 Acres

June 5, 2023 ·

Griffith Park Set To Expand

GRIFFITH PARK— On Thursday, June 1, the Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners approved a donation from the non-profit Los Angeles Parks Foundation (LAPF) of 9.71 acres of vacant land to expand Griffith Park. The land – located off of Mount Lee Drive near Mount Chapel Trail and the Hollywood sign – will be “preserved as open space for Los Angelenos to enjoy,” LAPF indicated in a statement. 

“The addition of this property would expand the CITY park system and add additional open space and trail connections for the use of enjoyment of residents and visitors,” the city documents read. 

The rectangular piece of land – originally purchased by Hollywood studio magnate Howard Hughes for $20,758 in 1957– was one of the last privately-owned, open spaces within the park.

Image provided by LA County Office of the Assessor.

LAPF eventually purchased the land for $175,000, The Los Angeles Daily News reported. That money was raised through donations, including a $40,000 donation by the office of L.A. City Councilmember Nithya Ramen and other contributions made by Friends of Griffith Park, West Valley Alliance for Optimal Living, The Sikand Foundation and Robert and Joan Young (Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Guggenheim). A recent appraisal of the land determined that it’s now valued at $180,000, according to city documents.  

LAPF is set to pay up to $5,000 in closing costs and the city is expected to close escrow on the property within 90 days.  

Griffith Park – already with over 4,210 acres –  is considered to be one of the biggest municipal parks with urban wilderness areas in the United States.

By Lacy

Next Post

New Rape Charges Filed Against Bill Cosby

BEVERLY HILLS—William Henry Cosby Jr., 85, known as actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, from "The Cosby Show," "Fat Albert," and the Jell-O Pudding commercials, is being sued on a new allegation of rape and sexual misconduct. In June 2023, former…
Previous Post

CineMalibu™ Free Outdoor Community Movies with “Top Gun” On June 17

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced in a news release that the CineMalibu™ series will be returning to Malibu Bluffs Park for a summer of free, family-friendly outdoor community movie screenings with trivia, games, food trucks and more, starting with "Top…
Random Post

Woodland Hills To Open New Homeless Family Shelter

WOODLAND HILLS—On Monday, May 15, Ken Craft, founder of Hope the Mission, announced the opening of The Woodlands, a new homeless shelter for families. On their website, Hope the Mission, invites the public to sign up to attend the open…
Random Post

Report Ranks Santa Monica Pier As Dirtiest Beach In California

SANTA MONICA—The beach area located under the Santa Monica Pier was the dirtiest beach in California last year according to an annual water quality report released on Wednesday, June 14.    For over 30 years, Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental…
Random Post

Gabriel Jarret Accused Of Soliciting Sex From Minor

SANTA MONICA—Gabriel Jarret, who is best known for his role in the 1985 cult classic film “Real Genius,” is being accused of allegedly trying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. The sting operation was led by the Creep Catching…
Random Post

Balanced Budget for FY 2023 – 2025 Approved By City Council

SANTA MONICA—On June 27, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously adopted a balanced biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2023-2025. The budget reflects the most substantial restoration of services since 2020, and builds on the work done in recent years to…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *