The Old Zoo in Griffith Park
Five writers will read their work amidst the creepy and beautiful ruins of the Old Zoo.
Francesca Lia Block, Allison Carter, Cecil Castellucci, Cole Cohen, Laura Vena
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Griffith Park Storytelling Series
**Please allow time to park and walk to the Old Zoo, as we will be starting as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible, and no later than 5:05 p.m.**
The Independent Shakespeare Company has detailed maps and directions to the Old Zoo. They also have hot pink signs up which point the way to the Old Zoo.
If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way towards the stairs. Go up the stairs, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be at the first large enclosure with the picnic tables (shown in the photo above.)
Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5.
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot.
Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill.
Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas.
Do not walk towards the cars ahead.
The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases. There are two staircases, and either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.
Walk up the stairs and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.
We will, hopefully, be in the first large nook with the picnic tables (the first picture in this post). If not, we will be in one of the other enclosures.
There will be a partial solar eclipse taking place as the reading ends. It looks like the height of the eclipse will happen just after 6:30. We will have some solar-safe glasses on hand to share! We will most likely walk up a steep hill to get the best view of the eclipse.