Griffith Park’s Designation…

Griffith Park finally gets its due

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Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2008

Observatory It was a big day for Griffith Park boosters today. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission decided today that the park should receive historic-cultural monument status.

 

The commission voted 3 to 1 to forward the park’s application to the City Council, which must give final approval for the designation.

 

At 4,218 acres, Griffith Park would be the nation’s largest historic monument. It was donated to the city 112 years ago by Col. Griffith Jenkins Griffith, who stipulated that the land be public open space for recreation and relaxation.

 

The colonel’s great-grandson Griffith Van Griffith applied for the designation earlier this year, citing the need to prevent commercial development and to preserve the park as his great-grandfather intended.

 

“I’m very happy,” Griffith said in a phone interview after the commission’s decision. “[My great-grandfather] would be ecstatic…. He didn’t want to turn it into an amusement park. I just want it to be like any other normal neighborhood park…. Where else can you go and get away in the middle of the city?”

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One Response to “Griffith Park’s Designation…”

  1. ANTOINE MERKEL says:

    Hello,

    I am the historian and amateur genealogist of the MESMER -MERCKEL family (with GRIFFITH PARK story)
    I am located in Surbourg Alsace (EUROPE)
    Surbourg is the birth village of Louis MESMER.

    How can I get in touch with a descendant of TINA MESMER-GRIFFITH?
    I have a lot to think about the history of the family before emigration. Highly interesting
    Can you help me?
    Merci beaucoup
    Bien cordialement
    Antoine MERKEL
    SURBOURG
    ALSACE
    FRANCE

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