Pacific Palisades : Topanga State Park to Grow

Topanga State Park is expected to grow by 762 acres within the next two months. The state Department of Parks and Recreation has received deeds from Headland Properties Inc. for 568 acres and from Palisades Ridge Co. for a 152-acre and a 42-acre tract. All three properties abut the 9,000-acre state park in the Pacific Palisades area.

"We're not going to do much work on this property. It will mainly be a buffer between the state park and nearby development," said Gordon D. McDaniel, a state parks land agent in Sacramento.

The two companies dedicated the property to the state to fulfill conditions imposed by the California Coastal Commission to allow construction of housing developments.

"It's been a long time, three or four years at least," McDaniel said. "We had to agree on the areas of donation."

He said the deeds should be recorded and the change of ownership official in five to seven weeks.

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