Alex Trebek gifted Los Angeles with land to build a park years before his death


Alex Trebek made his mark on the world in more ways than one.

The late “Jeopardy!” host donated 62 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles in 1998, PEOPLE reports.

The next time you embark on a hike at the popular Runyon Canyon, make a stop at the Trebek Open Space.

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation authority describes it as “a sunny, well-established network of fire roads" that "provide trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians."

After Trebek died of cancer at the age of 80 on November 8, the Laurel Canyon Land Trust paid tribute on Facebook, writing: "Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space.

The post remembering his contribution continued: “This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come. Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace.”

The beloved game show host was known for giving back in plenty of ways.

He supported the Musk Ox Development Corporation to keep his favorite animal from becoming extinct. The musk oxen became endangered in the 50s.

And after learning of his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March 2019, he donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).

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