The biggest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States just became a little bigger. Griffith Park has officially acquired 138 acres. The area encompasses Caheunga Peak, the Hollywood Sign-adjacent summit that made headlines in 2010 thanks to the Save the Sign campaign. The campaign led a successful fundraising effort to save the mountaintop from becoming a housing development.
The peak was rescued under the promise that the acquired land would be donated to Los Angeles to become part of Griffith Park. The plan has been carried out. On March 22nd, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Aileen Getty, and members of the Trust for Public Lands held a dedication ceremony to unveil plaques commemorating the campaign that brought about this addition to Griffith Park. Trails along Cahuenga Peak have been renamed and improved to honor the major donors of the $12.5 million effort. The newly named Aileen Getty Ridge Trail connects the top of Mount Lee (next to the Hollywood Sign) with the top of Cahuenga Peak, passing Hugh Hefner Overlook along the way.
More information about the unveiling can be found on patch.com. Take a hike on what is now called Aileen Getty Ridge Trail on Cahuenga Peak or just look up at the historic sign over Hollywood and acknowledge that the landscape surround the landmark won’t be changing.