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August 11, 1988
A man's body was discovered in Griffith Park early today, Los Angeles police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the unidentified man had been killed by another person, but no further details were available. His body was found at 5:07 a.m. at 2650 N. Vermont Ave., Sgt. J. J. Cerniglia said.
May 26, 2007
The city's Recreation and Parks Department is reopening a number of Griffith Park facilities and trails that had been closed after the May 9 fire.
October 4, 2008
Re "Parks to the people," Opinion, Sept. 28 Historical designation for Griffith Park is long overdue. The park has a long history dating to 1896, when Griffith J. Griffith generously donated the land for the park to the city. The park has served people from all parts of Los Angeles and beyond. It is a park that offers recreational and cultural opportunities to all people and, in the words of Griffith, it is a park "accessible and attractive, where neither race, creed nor color should be excluded."
November 24, 2000
* When: Today through Dec. 26, 5-10 p.m. * Location: 1-mile, one-way only section of Crystal Springs Drive between an archway of lights near the Griffith Park ranger station and the L.A. Zoo parking lot. * Driving directions: Exit Golden State Freeway (I-5) at Los Feliz. Go west on Los Feliz and turn right onto Crystal Springs Drive. The entrance to the light festival is on Crystal Springs. * Walking directions: Park at the Los Angeles Zoo and walk south on Crystal Springs Drive.
August 14, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Smack in the middle of Los Angeles, feasting on deer and roaming the chaparral-covered slopes, a mountain lion prowls Griffith Park. Yes, there had been sporadic rumors over the years of the 140-pound beasts lurking in the shadows of populated hillsides near the park's attractions, but wildlife biologists had discounted them because of the improbability of the animals crossing the freeways to get there. For the first time, however, scientists now have photographic evidence of a lion inhabiting the park.
May 11, 2007
Re "Burnt park not down for the count," May 10 Fire in chaparral, the dominant -- and native -- habitat of Griffith Park, is 100% natural. As with many urban parks, Griffith has been described as our city's "lungs" -- a big, wild place where coyote and even bobcat sightings are nothing extraordinary. It also has been the canvas onto which generations of Angelenos have imparted their personal vision for the park, from the redwoods in the bird sanctuary to the tropical gardens of the vista points.
May 26, 1985 | JERRY COHEN
What is known of Griffith Park's past can be documented with certainty in two respects: Scientists know it was born amid spectacular geological upheaval. And its founder's biography is an oft told but quirky one. However, who lived there during the several thousand years before the coming of the white man and how its prehistoric residents comported themselves rests on some shaky archeology.
February 19, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city dwellers once enjoyed a sanctuary of gnarled oaks, serene pools and exotic ferns on Griffith Park's southwestern edge. But four decades of neglect have left the 20-acre Fern Dell retreat a shabby relic of its former self, which is why a band of park lovers is now trying to restore it to its early Hollywood heyday. "Fern Dell is in pretty bad shape, but it is not too late to save it," said Bernadette Soter, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Friends of Griffith Park . The volunteer group has launched a campaign to rejuvenate the 95-year-old stream-fed garden spot, restoring its 17 footbridges, ripping out thickets of invasive ivy and bamboo, and beefing up security.
November 24, 2009 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Concerned about the safety of park visitors, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge on Monday erected the first of dozens of signs urging the public not to feed the wildlife in Griffith Park. The decision was prompted after two visitors were bitten by coyotes in separate incidents in September, officials said. The two attacks initially sparked a controversial eradication effort in which hunters shot and killed eight coyotes in the 4,210-acre park. The eradication effort ended after two days.
July 1, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
This post and headline have been corrected, as noted below. The deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on Sunday is the worst such tragedy in the U.S. since 1933, when 29 lost their lives to a wildfire in Griffith Park. The 1933 blaze broke out Oct. 3, while thousands of civilians were clearing trails and maintaining roads in Griffith Park as part of a Depression-era jobs program. The first smoke was reported around 2 p.m., as temperatures soared toward 100 degrees with little wind.
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