Happy Birthday: Saguaro National Park getting 282-acre gift

Happy Birthday: Saguaro National Park getting 282-acre gift

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service will get quite a present on its 100th birthday: 282 acres to add to Saguaro National Park, on the outskirts of Tucson.

The Trust for Public Land announced on Thursday that it was donating the land to the popular southern Arizona park. Thursday also marks the National Park Service's centennial.

The land being donated includes parts of Rincon Creek and is located on the east side of the park. It was purchased by Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist, in 2004 and donated to The Trust for Public Land a decade later with the intention that it eventually be part of Saguaro National Park.

The new acreage will probably be open to the public in the future but the park has to plan that out first.

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