Spanning more than 4,300 acres in the center of Los Angeles, Griffith Park is among the largest urban parks in North America. And it's about to become just a little bit bigger.
Friends of Griffith Park, a non-profit organization which advocates for the expansive green space, has teamed with local community groups and private entities to purchase two undeveloped lots near the Bronson Caves - made famous as the Batcave in the 1960s Batman television series. The sale, which closed in mid-May, will allow 1.25 acres of hillside to be folded into the park.
“Despite the challenges everyone is facing in the COVID-19 era, we’re grateful that so many people recognize how important Griffith Park and its habitat and biodiversity are to our community,” said Friends of Griffith Park President Gerry Hans in a news release. “We know that in the future, Angelenos will be able to fully return to their beloved park and hopefully be able to enjoy this parkland, protected forever, through this important purchase.”
The buyers, who were represented by Heather T. Ory and Learka Bosnak of Douglas Elliman, will sell the property to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which will manage the land.
Developers had previously attempted to purchase the two lots, which sit adjacent to Griffith Park's Canyon Drive entrance, but their deal fell out of escrow, according to Friends of Griffith Park.