Zion trail closed by mudslide to be repaired with $1M grant

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — A popular Zion National Park trail closed by a large mudslide several years ago will get be repaired with a $1 million grant.

The Salt Lake City-based Eccles Foundation is giving the grant to the National Park Foundation Tuesday to repair the Middle Emerald Pools Trail, which has been closed since December 2010 after severe rain storms caused a large mud slide.

Eccles Foundation officials say in a statement it's an example of how the private sector can help restore the country's national parks, whose budgets have remained flat for several years despite rapidly increasing visitation.

The trail is expected to reopen in December 2019.

The grant will also pay for programs to bring up to 20,000 Utah school children to the park.

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