12/05/2014 11:13 EST | Updated 02/04/2015 05:59 EST

Antelope Hill Provincial Park Land Donated By Alberta Farmer (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

HANNA, Alta. - Southern Alberta will soon be sporting a brand new provincial park named Antelope Hill thanks to a generous donation from a retired farmer near Hanna.

Gottlob Schmidt, 90, has lived in the area for more than 80 years and donated his homestead to Alberta Parks.

Tim Chamberlin with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development says the donation has been in the works for awhile.

Chamberlin says the landscape is just beautiful and is a terrific gift from a wonderful Albertan.

He adds the planning stages are just getting started, but doesn’t anticipate a large cost to getting the new park ready for the public.

The area of the park is home to rare native grasslands, aspen groves, wetlands as well as a variety of wildlife.

Once Antelope Hill opens to the public, the park will be used for low-impact recreation, such as hiking and will not permit hunting, camping or vehicle use at Schmidt's request.


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