Fossil Ridge Park
|Fossil Ridge Park|
|Location||Corner of Mulholland Drive and Beverly Glen Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California|
At the northern end of the park is the Buckley School, a private school. On the east side is Mulholland Estates, a gated community. Access to the park used to be blocked by security guards at Mulholland Estates. However, since 2011, members of the public are allowed to drive or walk on Westpark Road, which is inside Mulholland Estates, to have access to the park. However, parking on Westgate Road is not allowed.
Since 2002, it has been adjacent to the new Oak Forest Canyon Natural Area, also owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Oak Forest Canyon was purchased to facilitate access to Fossil Ridge Park.
The idea of the park was conceived in 1986. It was dedicated five years later, in 1991. Actor Ed Asner and local politician Zev Yaroslavsky spoke at the dedication. However, it was only completed and properly opened in late 1995.
The initial parcel of land (56 acres) was donated by Kenneth Kai Chang, the real estate developer who created Mulholland Estates, to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Moreover, Chang later agreed to fund some of the trails and a visitor center.
Shown is one of several slabs of diatomaceous sandstone with abundant fossil fish (perhaps a species of herring) collected in the 1970s from the area now underneath the Mulholland Estates security gate/access road. Many hundreds if not thousands of these 5 1/2 inch fish must have encountered an area of low oxygen content and all died at once.
- Google Maps
- Myron Levin, Fossil Ridge Park Dedicated, but Not Ready, The Los Angeles Times, October 01, 1991
- Jane Hulse, The Hills Are Alive--With Fragments of Past, The Los Angeles Times, February 29, 2996
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Paleontological Survey, 2004 p. 18
- Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: Memorandum to Fossil Ridge Park Visitors and the Mulholland Estates Homeowners Association
- Group Buys Supposed 'Birthplace' of Tarzan, The Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2002
- Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: Oak Forest Canyon Natural Area
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