Griffith Park Light Festival Canceled Again
Posted by Daniel Antolin on Dec 24, 2011 - 12:38:07 AM
Entrance to Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
LOS FELIZ—According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival, which was traditionally held throughout December, will not take place for the second year in a row as a major water infrastructure project continues on the street where the event takes place.
Meant to connect the North Hollywood Pump Station with the Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silverlake, the project entails LADWP installing 11,200 feet of 96-inch welded steel in Griffith Park, which will replace an old, low pressure water line. The water line is also being constructed in order for the LADWP to comply with water quality regulations mandated by federal law.
Tom LaBonge, the councilmember who represents Los Angeles's Fourth District including Los Feliz, asked the LADWP in 2009 to cancel the event. This is because construction was going to take place on Crystal Springs Drive, which is on Griffith Park's east side where the light show passes toward the L.A. Zoo parking lot, and due to resultant traffic impacts.
For 14 years, the nighttime holiday celebration, which featured more than one million energy-efficient LED lights forming such landmarks as City Hall, was a tribute to L.A. culture. Hundreds of thousands of onlookers attended the event either as pedestrians, bicyclists or drivers, as certain nights were designated exclusively for these modes of travel.
Brittany Cranston tweeted about how she utilized another local resource to fill the void. "My Christmas lights this year came in the form of looking out at every light in LA from the Griffith Park Observatory....INCREDIBLE VIEWS!" Cranston's tweet states.
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