Neverland Ranch Could Become ... State Park

Assemblyman pushes for study amid skepticism
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2010 4:13 PM CDT
In this July 1, 2009, file photo, the train station at Neverland Ranch is shown in Los Olivos, Calif.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

(Newser) – Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is one of the most opulent estates in the US, and one California lawmaker can't resist the idea of turning it into a state park. "It will absolutely be a destination for many who admire music and the performing arts," said Assemblyman Mike Davis, who intends to push for the park's creation when the legislature meets in August, the LA Times reports.

Parks officials, however, are lukewarm about the idea, principally because of the ranch's exorbitant price tag. "We've been struggling with our budgetary situation and working very, very hard to keep the parks in the system open," said one department official. "We're not necessarily looking for an acquisition at this time."

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