The battle to reopen a popular hiking trail that leads to the Hollywood sign has been heating up and the heirs of Griffith J. Griffith have decided to join the other groups fighting to reopen the Beachwood Drive trail. Griffith J. Griffith was a silver-mining mogul that donated the plot of land that became Griffith Park to the City of Los Angeles. The Beachwood Drive trail is one of the quickest and easiest trails for people to get a close up look at the Hollywood sign. Attorney Mike Gatto, who is representing the Griffith family trust and the two other groups, stated:
The Griffiths have a long history of protecting the original intent of the gift to the city to Los Angeles, that this is a public park. If the court finds the city is mismanaging Griffith Park, it goes back to them [the family]. There are really serious consequences to this.
Sunset Ranch, a privately run horse stables and tour company at the base of the trail, won a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks that forced the department to close the Beachwood Drive entrance. The owners of Sunset Ranch argued that the pedestrian traffic was blocking the dirt path that allowed people in and out of the ranch and it was negatively affecting the business. Hikers that use the trial argued that the city should have handled the issue differently rather than just closing the trail. We will have to wait and see how this issue is resolved.
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