Griffith Park was created in 1896 when civic-minded philanthropist, Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith donated 3,015 acres of land to the city of Los Angeles on December 16. It’s one of the largest urban parks in North America totaling 4,210 acres. The park is operated by the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks.
Exercise enthusiasts, tourists, families, nature lovers and many other individuals with a wide range of interests enjoy Griffith Park. There are many recreational events that take place all over the park at any given time. Many golf courses are spread throughout. The Hollywood Sign is a big place of interest for many out of town visitors. Even the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are located here. As one walks through the park on one of the many trails, it’s easy to see people enjoying themselves everywhere.
Wildlife and vegetation are important aspects to the park. Due to this fact, forest fires can be detrimental to the survival of the living things that call Griffith Park home. No smoking and campfire signs are posted all over to attempt to keep the risk of fire low. This is such a big problem due to the very dry climate in southern California.