The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finalized a $4 million deal to purchase the land, known as the Della Maggiora property, on Redwood Retreat Road outside Gilroy, according to county spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell.
The acquisition permits the County Parks and Recreation Department to link existing land in Mt. Madonna to the 16-acre Little Arthur property, up to now separated from the park by the Della Maggiora property, according to Mitchell.
The new land, in unincorporated county property bordered on three sides by the park, combines steep cliffs, grassland, oak trees, a redwood forest and more than a half-mile of the Little Arthur Creek that serves as the environment for steelhead trout and other wildlife.
The county intends to link trails from the Little Arthur property through the new Della Maggiora parcel, according to Mitchell.
The purchase price from POST and a trust that owned the Della Maggiora land was $4 million, funded through the county's Parks Charter Fund, the California State Coastal Conservancy and Resources Legacy Fund.