Udall Park in Tucson is now city property.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it transferred ownership of the 173-acre park on Tucson’s east side last month to carry out federal legislation approved by Congress.
The Bureau of Land Management in 1989 granted the city a lease to use the park site for recreation and public purposes at a time when the agency and Tucson were negotiating a multipart land exchange.
Follow-up legislation to give the city ownership of the park site was never introduced back then, so lease provisions restricting uses of the property remained on the books.
The enacted legislation approving the transfer of the title resolves uncertainty about the city’s authority to manage the park, a congressional report says.