14 Acres at Parleys Canyon Permanently Protected

14 Acres at Parleys Canyon Permanently Protected

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Green groups gathered with politicians yesterday to commemorate the permanent protection of 14 acres at the mouth of Parleys Canyon.

Parleys Canyon is a popular public access point to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Grandeur Peak.

Saving the open space has been a priority for conservationists who since 2001 have teamed with Salt Lake County leaders to secure the land.

The Trust for Public Land borrowed 500-thousand dollars to purchase the parcel nearly four years ago. Since then, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Utah Open Lands, Save Our Canyons and the outdoor retailer R-E-I joined community groups and other nonprofits to repay the loan.

The trailhead is located near the intersection of Intestates 80 and 215 on the Salt Lake Valley's east bench.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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