CELEBRATING HISTORIC GRIFFITH PARK’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY
Join the L.A. Conservancy, the City of L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, and many more organizations and partners on Saturday, November 13, to explore and celebrate our City's beloved backyard—Griffith Park!
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Have you ever been to the Old Zoo in Griffith Park or the newly planted native micro-forest? Have you ever hiked to Amir's Garden and wondered who it was named for, or who built the Griffith Observatory? Did you know that the Merry-Go-Round inspired the creation of Disney Land, or that a Tongva village once flourished where Fern Dell is?
Many of us visit Griffith Park all the time-- for birthday parties or barbeques or bike rides-- but we may not know much about its extraordinary history, flora and fauna, or the buildings, people, and entities connected to it. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, we invite you to explore the nooks and crannies of Griffith Park and to learn about its past, present, and future as you go.
On Saturday, November 13, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, volunteer educators from the L.A. Conservancy and 30 different partnering organizations will be dispersed throughout Griffith Park to share the stories of specific sites. No reservations are required; you are free to roam the park at will, choosing whatever places interest you most to visit.
Return to this site on October 30th to download a digital event map and to sign up for email updates.
Hard copies of the map will be available at various locations throughout the Park on the day of the event. Visit as many sites as possible and collect stamps to win special prizes!
Some of the sites (among many!) within the park that you can visit to learn more about include:
- The Griffith Observatory
- Travel Town Transportation Museum
- The Autry Museum of the American West
- The Merry-Go-Round
- The Old Zoo
- The L.A. Zoo
- The Greek Theatre
- Amir's Garden
Check back here for a more complete schedule, or return on October 30th to sign up for email reminders and updates.
A good place to begin this self-guided exploration is near the Merry-Go-Round, the event's central hub. Free public parking for the Merry-Go-Round is located at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. Eventgoers can enjoy food trucks, educational activities, entertainment, and more at this location, and can pick up their maps showing other sites available to explore in the park.
A special birthday ceremony at 11:30 a.m. near the Merry-Go-Round will include remarks from Council District 4 Councilmember Nithya Raman and Tongva Cultural Educator and Artist Craig Torres, as well as a cake-cutting!
We encourage taking public transportation! Click here for more information about public transit: https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/planyourtrip.
Partnering organization Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will provide suggested bike routes within the Park closer to the event date. Check their website for more information on October 30: https://www.la-bike.org/
- There is no charge to participate in this event
- Prior registration may be required for some programs
- The event will occur rain or shine.
- Appropriate for all ages (see the soon-to-be-published map for kid-friendly activities!)
- Dress for an outdoor, daytime event, and for walking on uneven ground
- Masks are required when visiting indoor facilities at Griffith Park
- For information on getting to Griffith Park, please visit their website.