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Whittier : City OKs $600,000 Purchase of 76 Acres for a New Park

In the first step toward creating a large wilderness park, the City Council has approved the purchase of 76 acres of undeveloped land in the Whittier Hills for $600,000.

The land, west of another city-owned wilderness area called Hellman Park, was assessed at $369,000 in 1990, but City Manager Thomas G. Mauk said that the assessed value does not always reflect the market value. In a recent independent appraisal the land was priced at about $600,000, he added.

The city hopes to purchase and preserve an additional 4,000 acres from several adjacent property owners, including Chevron USA Corp., which owns 898 acres, and Rose Hills Memorial Park, which owns a 1,966-acre parcel.


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