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City cancels Griffith Park's Holiday Light Festival

July 21, 2010 |  1:48 pm

Lightfestival Los Angeles' annual Holiday Light Festival at Griffith Park has been canceled this year because of construction, City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Wednesday.

LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, said he asked the Department of Water and Power to cancel the festival because crews are installing a major water line at the site and expanding a parking lot near the L.A. Zoo. He said it would cost too much to put the project on hold during the holidays.

The DWP has mounted a display of holiday lights for 14 years along a one-mile segment of Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park. It attracts more than half a million visitors each year.

“The light festival has been a great, free, family-friendly event for the residents of Los Angeles, and I’m disappointed that we must cancel it for 2010,” LaBonge wrote last month in a statement.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A light display representing the Los Angeles Civic Center building at Griffith Park in December. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times