Restoring a sanctuary in Griffith Park: The once-exotic Fern Dell has deteriorated into a tangled, neglected patch of L.A.’s large urban park. Now a nonprofit group has pledged to restore its past glory.
Photo: (top) A walk on the trail at Fern Dell turns into playtime for Julian Martel, 3, who finds a branch to entertain himself and a dog during a stroll with his dad. Neglect and vandalism have left the area in poor shape. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times. (bottom) 1937 postcard of Fern Dell.

Restoring a sanctuary in Griffith Park: The once-exotic Fern Dell has deteriorated into a tangled, neglected patch of L.A.’s large urban park. Now a nonprofit group has pledged to restore its past glory.

Photo: (top) A walk on the trail at Fern Dell turns into playtime for Julian Martel, 3, who finds a branch to entertain himself and a dog during a stroll with his dad. Neglect and vandalism have left the area in poor shape. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times. (bottom) 1937 postcard of Fern Dell.

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