Glendale City Council members took a first step this week toward establishing a 702-acre wilderness recreation area in the city's largest remaining undeveloped hillside parcel.
The site, known as the Inter-Valley Ranch, is at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains above Crescenta Valley.
On Tuesday, council members voted 4 to 0 to file an application for $100,000 in state assistance to develop an environmental education center inside an abandoned winery at the site.
Development of the center would be the first stage in a three-year, $1.9-million plan to establish the wilderness recreation area at the site, said Robert McFall, Glendale director of parks and recreation.
The plan includes development on a few acres at the park's entrance of overnight camping facilities that would be used on a permit basis, a picnic area and the educational center. Hiking trails also are planned for the park, McFall said. The remainder of the property would remain undisturbed, he said.