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Griffith Park historic monument dedication ceremony planned

March 11, 2009 |  2:58 pm

A ceremony to mark Griffith Park’s recent designation as a historic cultural monument is set to be held Thursday at the park.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the park entrance at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive, where there is a statue of the park’s donor, Col. Griffith Jenkins Griffith.

The City Council voted in January to designate the park a historic and cultural monument. It was nominated for the honor by the colonel’s great-grandson, Griffith Van Griffith.

At 4,218 acres, the urban park is one of the largest landmarks in the country.

Monument status puts major proposed changes at the park under the review of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

Van Griffith and park supporters hope the designation will protect it from commercial developments, such as those briefly proposed in a 2005 master plan commissioned by the city.

Van Griffith is expected to attend the dedication, along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Department of Recreation and Parks Commission President Barry Sanders and General Manager Jon Mukri, and Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes the park.

-- Joanna Lin