As Los Angeles lifts COVID protocols on June 15, we are beginning to see reopenings. The DASH bus will resume normal service on June 23 and the Griffith Observatory is making plans to reopen. Hikes are now fully open and masks are no longer required.
Happy New Year from the Sign!
As a reminder, hiking trails are open with the exception of the Wisdom Tree Trail and the Cahuenga Peak Trail. Masks and social distancing is required at all times.
December 8th marks the 97th anniversary of the lighting of the Sign!
From our history: The date construction began on the Hollywood Sign can’t be verified, but it was definitely completed prior to December 8, 1923. A Los Angeles Evening Express newspaper article published on that date stated, “… immense Hollywoodland Sign, believed to be the largest in the world, will be illuminated tonight.”
We’ve added a new photographer Stephen Schafer to our featured photographer section. Check out his recent photos of the Hollywood Sign.
Due to wildfires in the area, the air quality is currently unsafe for long periods of time. We recommend postponing hikes until the air quality improves.
Please remember to avoid open flames or sparks inside Griffith Park and around Los Angeles.
We upgraded our webcams with new Hitachi digital cameras. Check out more information about the cameras here.
Articles come out around July 13 claiming that the Sign was dedicated on this day. That is incorrect. We do not know the exact date the Sign was dedicated. We know that one of the developers died July 6, 1923 and that the Sign was completed before December 8, 1923 because it was mentioned in a Los Angeles Evening Express article.
At the time of its creation, the Sign was a billboard during a time when large novelty billboards were all the rage. It’s possible that it was put up without much fanfare. Or if it had a dedication ceremony, that date is lost at the moment.
Find out more in our extended history (pages 3 through 7), found here.
The Runyon Canyon trail has been reopened. Masks and social distancing are still required. For more information, click here.
Trails to the Hollywood Sign have been reopened with the exception of Runyon Canyon. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, please visit: https://www.laparks.org/covid-19