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School district donates extra land to parks

The Beaverton School District has agreed to transfer 2.14 acres of land adjacent to the new Bonny Slope Elementary School to the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District.

On Monday, the board approved the land transfer to the park district, which in turn will be responsible for its upkeep and maintenance.

The district must still work out an easement to the land with a nearby property owner, officials say.

Barry Raber and other residents near the new Bonny Slope school had been lobbying for almost two years to ensure that the property, which the school district determined they couldn't build on, became a community park. Plans are to place trails throughout the acreage.

Several years ago, the district purchased four parcels of a little more than 10 acres of land in order to secure property for the elementary school, which will accommodate up to 600 students. Of that land, 8.55 acres will be used for the school that will open in September 2008.