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By Jason Wells and Bill Kisliuk | August 9, 2010
A small brush fire that broke out at 5 p.m. Monday in Griffith Park was contained after it scorched about 5 acres, officials said. Water-dropping helicopters were called in to assist with the blaze, which reportedly started near the northeast corner of the park before moving slowly uphill. The fire was visible from the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways as firefighters, including from Glendale and Burbank, worked in steep terrain to contain the blaze. The fire snarled evening traffic as authorities closed down some freeway ramps and lanes for firefighter access.
THE818NOW
April 10, 2012
A weekly farmers market is coming to Griffith Park at the Autry National Center , known for its museum of the American West. Across from the L.A. Zoo, Griffith Observatory Satellite and the Municipal Golf Course, the farmers market kicks off on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to noon, with about 16 local and organic farmers, including Tutti Frutti Farms, Underwood Family Farms and Avila & Sons Farms.  Food vendors such as Milkman Artisan...
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June 6, 2013
A helicopter on a routine flight over Los Angeles made a "hard landing" in Griffith Park around 2:17 p.m. Thursday after experiencing "mechanical problems," fire officials said.  The pilot and three passengers, who were not immediately identified, were treated at the scene and released, according to L.A. Fire Department spokesman Jamie Moore.  The helicopter was on a "routine flight" from Redlands, circled Santa Monica and was preparing...
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April 16, 2013
Of the many indignities visited upon Fern Dell, the garden oasis in Griffith Park, one remains a mystery: Who turned off the water? Starlets and health-seekers lined up in the 1920s to fill jugs from the spring that fed this 20-acre fantasia of ferns, footpaths and picturesque bridges. They thought it was a fountain of youth. Now, only the lower stream beds run, and the pools lie motionless and gummy. You might think the city would do something. But instead, Friends of Griffith Park - the nonprofit group that stepped in three years ago to try to reverse the 95-year-old garden's long, sad decline - is on the case.
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September 11, 2009
Hundreds of bicyclists showed up in Griffith Park on Thursday morning to take Lance Armstrong up on his challenge — or tweet, actually. On Wednesday, one of the world’s most celebrated cyclists sent a message on his Twitter account that read: “Hey LA — get out of your cars and get on your bikes. Time to ride. 7:30 tomorrow am. Griffith Park, LA Zoo parking lot.” Hundreds of people did, nearly all of them dressed in their gear, ready for the chance to keep pace with the seven-time Tour de France winner.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
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.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2012
Police are searching for suspects in the hit-and-run death of actress and dancer Zina Feeley as she stopped to help an injured animal in Griffith Park. The accident happened shortly after midnight Sunday in the 600 block of Forest Lawn Drive, near Zoo Drive. Feeley, 66, who went by her maiden name, Zina Bethune, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, according to LAFD spokesman Matt Spence. Continue reading > > -- KTLA-TV
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Griffith Park, Point Dume, the 6th Street Bridge near downtown L.A. and a former community hospital in Boyle Heights reputed to be haunted ranked among the most popular film locations in 2012, according to a new survey. Eight of the top 10 sites for shoots of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos on city and county streets are publicly owned, the annual survey conducted for the Los Angeles Times by FilmL.A. Inc. found. "We continue to see a considerable amount of filming that happens on government-owned properties or facilities, from beaches and parks, to public schools and libraries," said Phil Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., which handles film permits.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
A $6-million, 302-foot bridge that would connect Griffith Park to Atwater passed a key Los Angeles committee this week - a move that has Glendale City Council members split on whether they should scrap their plans for a similar bridge. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved the 38-foot-wide steel North Atwater Crossing Project on Wednesday, but the bridge - which could serve equestrians, pedestrians and bicyclists - must still be approved by the L.A. City Council. The 302-foot crossing, which would be built about 1.5 miles south of where Glendale had planned to put its bridge, had some Glendale council members questioning the need to build another.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
California Highway Patrol officials say they are nowhere closer to finding a motorist who ran down and badly-injured a cyclist near Griffith Park as they were when it happened nearly two months ago. On Feb. 17, Damian Kevitt, 36, was hit by a minivan on Zoo Drive and dragged 600 feet under the carriage until he was dislodged on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway onramp. Doctors were forced to amputate a portion of his right leg. Since the hit-and-run incident, investigators have exhausted all leads and there have been no new developments in the case, despite a $25,000 reward , CHP Officer Kevin Denmon said on Thursday.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
A cyclist whose right leg was partially amputated after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Griffith Park last year isn't letting the events of that tragic day stop him from prevailing in his new life's mission. Damian Kevitt was left wounded, but still remains resilient as he works to shed light on a traffic-safety issue plaguing several Los Angeles County cities - hit-and-run collisions. "It's not only about me. An entire city is starting to galvanize around the idea that it's unacceptable to hit and run," he said.
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By Joanne Hedge | April 11, 2014
Residents from the Rancho, Grand Central and Pelanconi neighborhoods were introduced March 20 to Councilman Ara Najarian's smart proposal that addresses the issue of the unsafe Doran rail crossing while also enhancing the city's Riverwalk Park proposal for a recreational bridge between Glendale and Griffith Park . Surprise guest Najarian spoke following a rail crossing and “quiet zone” update by public works director Roubik Golanian at a community...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 20, 2014
A study on the potential construction of bridges along the Glendale Narrows area of the Los Angeles River - including one that may connect to Griffith Park - is set to begin following City Council approval this week of a $725,000 contract with an engineering firm. A half-mile trail along the Glendale side of the Los Angeles River known as the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opened in December 2012 after a decade of hurdles , but the trail as well as equestrian and park facilities was just the first part of a multiphase project.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 and the high in Glendale is predicted to reach 71 and low of 43 . Here are the top headlines from the 818 area code region: Hikers in Griffith Park were stunned this week when they discovered that an often-photographed tree at a scenic overlook near the Hollywood sign was torn from its roots and tossed on its side, the Los Angeles Times reports . The 8-foot =cypress tree was located in an open...
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | September 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Hot temperatures, a dusty trail and hilly course provided the perfect opportunity for a few local teams to overcome the obstacles and prosper at Saturday's 40th annual Bellarmine-Jefferson Cross-Country Invitational at Griffith Park. No individual stood out more than did La Cañada High senior Anna Frederich, who both won the individual girls varsity white race, while leading the Spartans to an impressive team victory. “We came out here two years and I missed my chance to get a backpack.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | September 13, 2013
Advocates for restoring natural areas along the Los Angeles River are calling on Glendale residents to lobby federal officials for inclusion of the city's Verdugo Wash area in habitat rehabilitation plans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a study that considers rehabilitation work plans of varying scope along a roughly 11-mile stretch of river between Griffith Park and downtown Los Angeles. Only the most comprehensive plan - a $1.08-billion effort to remove concrete from the river and expand its riparian surroundings - would widen and add some 30 acres of wetlands to the channel of Verdugo Wash, located below the convergence of the of the Ventura (134)
NEWS
July 24, 2013
This summer marks a moment of truth for the Los Angeles River. On Tuesday, the leaders of the nonprofit L.A. River Revitalization Corp. used a riverside press conference at North Atwater Park to trumpet its plan to complete a continuous bike path and greenway along all 51 miles of the river, extending from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, by 2020. The group also said it has raised more than $5 million to build a pedestrian, bike and equestrian bridge that would span the river between Atwater Village and Griffith Park.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Re: “Council split over second bridge for Riverwalk,” July 13. Atwater riders have historically used the risky Los Angeles River flood control channel bottom to cross to and from Griffith Park to reach its many miles of riding trails. Kudos to Los Angeles on its North Atwater Crossing Project plan to accommodate the Atwater contingent, as well as park users on foot and bicycle. But with no bridle trail from the new horse facilities at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Park to the bridge at Atwater, it will be inaccessible by Glendale riders, who must continue to cross the busy Victory-Riverside-Sonora intersection to reach the park's miles of trails.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
A $6-million, 302-foot bridge that would connect Griffith Park to Atwater passed a key Los Angeles committee this week - a move that has Glendale City Council members split on whether they should scrap their plans for a similar bridge. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works approved the 38-foot-wide steel North Atwater Crossing Project on Wednesday, but the bridge - which could serve equestrians, pedestrians and bicyclists - must still be approved by the L.A. City Council. The 302-foot crossing, which would be built about 1.5 miles south of where Glendale had planned to put its bridge, had some Glendale council members questioning the need to build another.
NEWS
June 6, 2013
A helicopter on a routine flight over Los Angeles made a "hard landing" in Griffith Park around 2:17 p.m. Thursday after experiencing "mechanical problems," fire officials said.  The pilot and three passengers, who were not immediately identified, were treated at the scene and released, according to L.A. Fire Department spokesman Jamie Moore.  The helicopter was on a "routine flight" from Redlands, circled Santa Monica and was preparing...
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