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8.21.2005
  Griffith Park Plan Vetted
Friday's edition of Councilmember Tom LaBonge's newsletter outlines his views on the draft Griffith Park Master Plan, and advocates of a vision of the park that incorporates a protected urban wilderness as it's core are bound to be pleased.

Of course, LaBonge is just one vote, and the draft Plan is still very much a work in progress, but by listening to neighborhood advocates and staking out his positions now, perhaps the Councilmember can keep the discussion focused on preserving, rather than developing, Griffth Park.

The Councilmember's positions:

SUPPORT
- Preserve interior of park
- Preserve wildlife habitats
- Expand park boundaries
- Public transit access to park
- Improved park management
- Educational opportunities for youth
- reforest Toyon Canyon and Toyon Vista
- Passive recreation and picnic space at Toyon Canyon
- Preserve Dante's View, Captain's Roost, Amir's Garden
- Revitalization of Bird Sanctuary and Fern Dell
- Maintain Martinez Arena for public equestrian use
- Audubon certification for all five golf courses
- Connect Griffith Park to Los Angeles River and River Bikeway
- Preserve and enhance equestrian trails
- Additional children's play arenas
- Complete modernization of park water system

DO NOT SUPPORT
- Commercialization of Griffith Park
- Off-road mountain biking
- Pleasure Pier over Los Angeles River
- Hotels
- Destination restaurant at Griffith Observatory
- Culinary School
- New roads
- Tram to Toyon Canyon
- Overhead power lines

To express your support for (or opposition to) elements of the draft Master Plan, visit the feedback page here, or email Councilmember LaBonge here.
 
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