The Griffith Observatory good news: A couple of very large donations have put the Observatory's renovation and expansion fundraising program over the top
, ensuring the completion of the ambitious construction project
which has shuttered the landmark since January 2002.
The Griffith Observatory bad news: The Observatory is not set to reopen until May 14, 2006
! What's a space geek/sunset watcher like me supposed to do for the next year and a half? Can we at least get the grounds open sooner than that? My bench is calling me! I can see my apartment from there, and everything.
Ah, who am I kidding? My bench is long gone, removed to make room for the new-fangled glass-walled restaurant. Maybe the new benches will be even better, with better views of the basin ( no chain-link fence blocking the vista).
We'll find out in 2006.
Note: Photo from the Observatory website, wherein can be found a chronological gallery of construction photos, as well as a construction site webcam.