Please express your ideas about our project or about environmental matters in general. Remember, our goal is for California to build a new architectural icon designed to lead the world in education and improved messaging about climate change, as well as all other environmental challenges. We want to know how you can help.
To amuse and enlighten our friends of Griffith Park:
Open: Image…Morning mist on Griffith Park golf course…
Voices murmuring… then get louder… some distinctive words…
V1: “What the hell is that?”
V2: It’s just some guys with dogs, chasing squirrels. Further out about 100 yards are some women doing Zumba. At about 150 yards are a group of people meditating! But hey, it’s a par 4 hole.
V1: Last year this was a proper golf course.
V2: That was before the city decided not to discriminate against ordinary people, the common people Griffith J. Griffith gave the park to.
V1: What BS!
V2: Get used to it and play through, most of them won’t mess with your ball where it landed. They are told to just let the ball lie until the golfer comes to address it. Once in awhile a dog may chew it up, or even swallow it, but you just drop a new one.
V1: What moron thought this would work?
V2: The mayor! The mayor is a stickler on respect for the law, including the intent of donors who gift large parcels of land to the city for the good of the people, the common people.
V1: I’m common too! What about my need to golf?
V2: No one needs to golf!
V1: Then how about precedent? I’ve golfed here most of my life!
V2: Lucky the mayor wasn’t so sensitive years ago?
V1: What happens if I hit a runner or someone?
V2: That’s an opportunity to apologize!
V1: More BS! They should apologize to me for obstruction!
V2: It sounds like this may be difficult for you?
V1: Seems I’ll have to get used to it? If there are this many people here at dawn, what about midday?
V2: Just after lunch is the crowded hour, hundreds of people wander all over the place, playing with frisbees, soccer balls, etc, even some falconers. It is a public park after all, all of Griffith Park is public. Griffith did provide funds for the Observatory and the Greek Theater, but not a golf course. There is not supposed to be any commercial activity here.
V1: Then what about the Autry Museum? Even the zoo charges money. I hate zoos. Face it! The park is a commercial space, and has been for a long time. Horses, trains, merry go rounds, what’s next?
V2: Some people would like to remove all of them to create a true “wilderness” area here.
V1: You will never have a true wilderness island in a community surrounded by 15,000,000 people. This is a park!
V2: It is. But, we can pretend as best we can, that should be the point.
Griffith clearly did not intend for this land to remain a “wilderness,” as defined by a small group of people. He wanted it to be enjoyed and provide relief from common city life.
V1: Yes, he did, but that was also 100 years ago. A lot has happened since then. The entire planet is in need of relief from modern life of all kinds.
V2: What would he think of today’s purpose for the park?
V1: My bet is that he would want to confront environmental challenges like climate change, etc. He was a big thinker and would not just sit quietly by as the threats we see today continue to get worse, leading to inevitable doom. He would try to do something about it.
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