Attempting to add to Glendale's open space, the City Council on Tuesday allocated $1.4 million to buy 36 acres of undeveloped land owned by television personality Johnny Carson in the Verdugo Mountains.
The action almost brings to a close the city's longtime quest to preserve Deadhorse Canyon, located off Greenbriar Drive and replete with oak and sycamore trees and a stream, said Nello Iacono, director of parks, recreation and community services.
"From my knowledge, the city has had some interest in this property for years," Iacono said.
The city owns about 4,500 acres of open space, of which about 2,000 acres have been purchased for more than $11 million over the last 10 years, he said. Under city ownership, Deadhorse Canyon will remain undeveloped. It may be included in a trails network being planned for the Verdugo Mountains, he said.
The City Council in December voted to purchase Deadhorse Canyon for $1.7 million after Robert Smithers, a Dana Point developer who has an option to buy the land from Carson, offered to sell it to the city, Councilman Jerold Milner said.