City cancels Griffith Park's Holiday Light Festival
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