Community activists won a major victory in their effort to protect Griffith Park from various proposed development projects when city planners on Tuesday recommended granting it cultural-historical monument status.
The finding that the park — with the exception of the zoo, Autry National Center, I-5, Roosevelt Golf Course and Toyon Landfill — meets the criteria for preservation sets the stage for a hearing Oct. 30 of the City Cultural Heritage Commission.
Community activists have intensified their campaign in recent months and will step up their pressure on the commission in the next week.
Various proposals have been made for projects in the park and the cultural-historical monument status would make sure there is a full and public examination of any development to protect what most would agree is L.A. greatest asset.
The Planning Department’s Office of Historic Resources saw the importance of that in the report prepared by Edgar Garcia and Ken Bernstein. The challenge now is to make sure the commissioners respond and to mount a major public campaign to keep the City Council from slipping in loopholes.
Here’s their report: griffithparkreport.pdf.