The 702-acre Inter-Valley Ranch, the largest remaining undeveloped parcel in Glendale, was dedicated Saturday as the Gov. George Deukmejian Wilderness Park.
The property, in the Crescenta Valley at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, includes the parts of Cooks and Dunsmore canyons. It contains the Dunsmore Winery complex, which stands in a 1911 building, the oldest in the Crescenta Valley.
The property will remain as an open-space preserve, said Nello Iacono, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for Glendale.
The city is considering improvements, including the construction of a visitors' center and equestrian arena, the conversion of the former winery into a youth education center and the upgrading of park trails, Iacono said.
The city purchased the land from the William Bliss Trust for $5.2 million. The city received $2 million for the acquisition from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy as part of Proposition 70, the $776-million Coastal and Park Land Bond Act approved in 1988. The remaining $3.2 million will come from Glendale municipal funds.