Griffith Park Traffic & Parking Plan Approved

Historic Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.

Historic Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California.

GRIFFITH PARK—A long awaited plan to mitigate traffic and parking issues near the Griffith Park Observatory and its surrounding residential neighborhoods was approved in September, and is expected to be implemented in time for this year’s holiday season, according to Tracy James of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Dept.

The plan was initially set to be finalized in June, but was delayed to accommodate additional public hearings.

“We did extensive community outreach and we got overwhelming community support,” for the plan, said James at a September meeting of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council.

The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Dept. Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in September to approve the plan—now called the Griffith Park Observatory Circulation and Parking Enhancement Plan, but previously referred to as the Griffith Park Action Plan—which would convert some streets in the park to one-way, and increase shuttle and DASH bus service in the park.

Another key element of the plan is the implementation of paid parking in the Observatory parking lot, along West and East Observatory roads and along Western Canyon Road, at a cost of $4 per hour.

However, free parking will still be available in auxiliary lots throughout the park, with complimentary shuttle service to the Observatory.

The parking charges will, in part, help fund the proposed shuttle service expansion, which according to Recreation and Parks Superintendent Joe Salaices, will not be implemented until a later phase of the plan.

No longer included, is a designated Hollywood Sign viewpoint near the Observatory, initially included in the plan to help route tourist traffic away from residential areas, such as Beachwood Canyon.

“I am hopeful that we can continue to look for additional and multiple viewing locations of the Hollywood Sign away from our residential neighborhoods to manage the overwhelming demand of visitors,” Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu wrote in a letter to the Recreation and Parks Dept. in support of the plan.

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