Anonymous donor saves park from closing

Jan. 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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ENCINO, Calif., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An anonymous donor contributed $150,000 to keep a park from closing in California's San Fernando Valley, officials say.

Los Encinos State Historic Park at Encino was one of 70 California parks facing closure due to state budget cuts. Its annual cost of operations is about $210,000, the state parks department says.

State Sen. Fran Pavley told the Los Angeles Times she had started a task force in the community to raise at least $150,000 by June.

A man wishing to remain anonymous spotted a story in the Times about the park's imminent closure and made the big gift Thursday.

"He had taken his kids to the park several times," Pavley told the Times. "He immediately went home, spoke to his wife and decided to contribute … enough money to keep it open for an additional year."

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