The Jeopardy! host’s philanthropic deeds went largely unnoticed by Angelenos.
The beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away at the age of 80 over the weekend after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Unbeknownst to many Angelenos, he donated around 62 acres of open land between Nichols and Runyon Canyon, enjoyed by wildlife, hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike.
#RIPAlexTrebek: Thank you, #AlexTrebek, for the 62 acres you donated in the #HollywoodHills to the @SantaMonicaMtns for parkland. The Trebek Open Space is just one more reason you won’t ever be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/eZ7BbWMWD8
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) November 9, 2020
He made numerous donations to cancer foundations and devoted his life to conservation. The panoramic views from Trebek Open Space, which encompasses downtown Los Angeles to Century City, are a testament to that. There is no doubt that he will be remembered by those who enjoy the lesser-known park’s rugged natural terrain.
Since his passing, fans have paid tribute by biking and hiking the various trails within the land. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer was one of the many to highlight this small part of the star’s legacy in a tweet that showcased the lush lot in the Hollywood hills.
FYI, in the 1990’s, Alex Trebek bought the 62 acres of land between Nichols Canyon and Runyon and donated it as public space for all of us to enjoy. It’s called Trebek Open Space. We’re so appreciative! https://t.co/YpmwW3RXrh @tpl_org @hikespeak #hiking #alextrebek
— LA City Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) November 8, 2020
It was donated in 1998 when Trebek purchased it for $2 million; it’s not worth an estimated $25 million. While it’s not as popular as Runyon Canyon just next door to it, this incredible place is just as breathtaking and has fewer crowds.
He was 80 when he passed away, but he has touched the lives of many—some weren’t even aware of it.
Location: 2500 Nichols Canyon Road, Los Angeles 90046
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