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The Mt. Hollywood Trail in Griffith Park | Photo by Steve Zaslavsky via Flickr

Environmental and neighborhood groups are organizing to save Griffith Park from the possibility of development. Last month, Col. Griffith J. Griffith's grandson and the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust put in an application to formally preserve the park by getting it designated as a historic landmark.

"We're doing it to stop commercialization," the grandson told the Daily News last month. "They want to build aerial trams, hotels and build restaurants. "We don't need any of it. I believe my great-grandfather would be turning over in his grave." Lots of people support the idea, but one person, Councilman Tom LaBonge is wary of limiting development under the guise of a possible need for infrastructure for things such as water, power and sewer.

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Since the Daily news article, groups near and far are doing a grassroots campaign to support the application to decalre the park a City Historic-Cultural Monument. In a call to action e-mail from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, they say that if the park becomes a monument, that "it would not prevent further development." Rather, "it would help to ensure that historical aspects of the Park are preserved and that the people of Los Angeles have notice and opportunity to be heard on significant developments." The full e-mail is with background, instructions on how to voice your support and documents, is below: