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Cahuenga Peak Nominated for “2011 Heart of Green” Award

The Hollywood sign draped to read SAVE THE PEAK from Gower Avenue in Los Angeles. Credit: Rich Reid

The famous Hollywood sign has stood for decades in regal solitude on Cahuenga Peak, gazing out over Los Angeles. When the land surrounding the “H” was threatened by a luxury housing development in 2009, The Trust for Public Land stepped forward to lead the effort to purchase the 138 acres surrounding the iconic letters.

The year-long campaign, which culminated in April 2010, involved thousands of donors – including some high-profile figures like Hugh Hefner and Governor Schwarzenegger, who announced “I am proud we were able to come together and create a public-private partnership to protect this historic symbol that will continue to welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.” The land is not just a pretty backdrop for the sign that beckons aspiring stars; it is a popular hiking area and wildlife corridor.

Now the 138-acre addition to Griffith Park has been nominated for The Daily Green’s 2011 Heart of Green Award in the Best New Parks category. Go here to vote, and take a moment to check out some of the other urban parks success stories from the past year. While there, feel free to vote for your favorite Best New Trail as well.

Voting is ongoing through March 27th, and winners will be announced on April 4th.

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