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Griffith Park

For the past 125 years, Griffith Park has been used for the recreation, health and pleasure of Angelenos — just as Griffith J. Griffith and his wife Mary Agnes Christine had intended. From the iconic Griffith Observatory and Hollywood sign to the Greek Theater and the now-defunct Griffith Park Zoo, the park has been a beacon for L.A. public recreation since 1896. Discover the park’s rich history and the various ways you can explore it today.
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Ellen Reid’s Griffith Park Soundscape

'Ellen Reid Soundwalk’ app uses music to illuminate the environs at Griffith Park.
Griffith J. Griffith | Courtesy of UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
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The Complex Life of Griffith J. Griffith

Perhaps best known for the large tract of park space that now bears his name, Griffith J. Griffith was a complicated man whose wealth and bombastic nature gave the city one of its most unforgettable characters.
Griffith Observatory in construction | Courtesy of Dick Whittington Photography Collection,1924-1987, University of Southern California Libraries
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Riots, Love Fests, Buried Secrets: Griffith Park's Hidden Histories

Since its gifting to Los Angeles on December 1896, Griffith Park has been the sprawling landscape on which Angelenos have drawn their dreams. Learn more about its many unexpected histories.
Young men walking with a view of Griffith Observatory | Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California Library
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Griffith Park - The Untold History

Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Its founder, Griffith J. Griffith, donated the land to the city as a public recreation ground for all the people — an ideal that has been challenged over the years.
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Griffith Observatory just after sunset. | Flickr/Pedro Szekely/Creative Commons
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Getting an Eyeful of the Universe at Griffith Observatory

The longstanding relationship between Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society enables Angelenos of all walks of life to enjoy astronomy. 
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The Third Life of the Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign has lived three distinct lives throughout it's history. Most recently it has become a symbol of the Third L.A — where technology and obstructionism mix, and battles over access and shared space exist.
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Griffith Park's Lesser-Known Wonders

Beat the crowds by visiting these unexpected landmarks.
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A Whimpering Roar: The Old Griffith Park Zoo, Then and Now

Parts of the old zoo at Griffith Park still stand, and they are moving reminders that sometimes humans just don't know best when it comes to animals.
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