City seeks funding for new hiking trail

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Area residents took a tour of the charred trails Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Saturday October 10, 2009. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Area residents took a tour of the charred trails Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Saturday October 10, 2009. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

With the extended closure of Deukmejian Wilderness Park caused by the Station fire, city officials have said a proposed new hiking trail is more important than ever.

The City Council on Tuesday authorized a grant application to the Los Angeles Regional Park and Open Space District for county funding to support the creation of the proposed “Catalina Verdugo Trail.”

The new trail, to be located near the Glendale Sports Complex, would provide a trail of modest difficulty with easy access to residents, according to a city report.

The city would use youth workers from the Glendale Youth Alliance to help create the trail, according to the proposal.

The council on Tuesday was also briefed on efforts to restore Deukmejian Wilderness Park. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department does not plan to re-seed the park as that has not proven to be a useful solution, said Director George Chapjian.

Natural regrowth of the wildlife is expected to take three to five years, officials said. They did not speculate on when the park would reopen to the public.

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Written by Melanie Hicken

October 21, 2009 at 11:05 am

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