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Claremont Considers Adding Large Parcel to Moody Park

It’s June, which means many things, like the first day of summer later in the month, but also, Claremont’s Moody Park is celebrating it’s 100th birthday. Now, it may be receiving a rather nice birthday gift in the form of an additional 143 acres for visitors to enjoy.

The Eagle Times reports that next week, the city council is expected to vote on the suggestion of incorporating 143-acres of city-owned land into the park, situated near the western border of the park and the Amtrak line.

If it is approved, that land will immediately be under the park’s protection and would be immune to any sort of future development. The exact details of this land transfer will be discussed next Wednesday night, followed by the vote.

The park was donated by a wealthy Claremont businessman, William Moody, in 1916 and since been developed by selective cutting and hiking/biking trails. There are roughly seven miles of these trails, which do overlap onto the piece of city land that is in discussion. Pending approval next week, these sections of the trails will formally be part of the park.

As part of the park’s 100th anniversary, many events are taking place all month long. For full details, you can visit www.ClaremontParks.com.

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