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Up To Bat: Griffith Park

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Today's a big day for Griffith Park. Following the October decision by the Cultural Heritage Commission to recommend landmark status for the park, the Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will decide today whether to send the matter to the full City Council. Initially, City Councilman Tom LaBonge seemed to have some reservations about the idea (he wanted to know how it would affect the park's maintenance and infrastructure), but now the designation has his full support. Per a letter to constituents on his web site, he writes: "To research how historic designation would impact Griffith Park, I visited Balboa Park in San Diego, where the buildings are designated but not the entire park. I also visited Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Washington Park in Portland, Oregon...the research confirmed the wisdom of historic designation. I hope the designation will help to protect and preserve Griffith Park beyond my tenure as Councilman." As previously covered, the great-grandson of Col. Griffith J. Griffith has applied for Historic Cultural Monument status for the park. If approved, it would make Griffith Park the country's largest historic landmark. [Atwater Village News]