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City moves forward on Central Park project

Groundbreaking expected next month on new sports fields, complete with lights and additional parking

Posted: September 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

New fields are coming to Central Park in Saugus after the city agreed to allocate the green necessary to complete the project.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted last Tuesday to award the construction contract for the approximately $2 million project to local firm R.C. Becker & Son Inc.

The project will add two new multiuse sports fields, complete with lights, to Santa Clarita’s largest park. Additional parking stalls, about 170 of them in all, will also be built as part of the project, said city Parks Development Administrator Tom Reilly.

The project will also include lighted walkways that connect to other facilities at the park and an improved dirt running path, according to city documents.

The project area is in the western portion of the park, near the community gardens.

One of the primary motivations for the project is to open up new field space for residents or local sports teams, Reilly said.

“The city has made great strides in providing more field space,” he said. “However, we still have a backlog, if you will, with organized and individual teams on waiting lists for field space.”

The Central Park location, Reilly said, was also ideal because the area can be efficiently maintained and operated.
The city will mark the official beginning of the project with a groundbreaking ceremony in mid-September, Reilly said.

After that ceremony, city officials will work to prepare the site for construction by fencing the area and moving in equipment, Reilly said.

Construction will follow thereafter, he said.

Originally the 11-acre parcel that will house the fields was meant to be a recreation center but due to budget constraints city officials decided to move in a new direction.

Rick Gould, the city’s director of parks, recreation and community services, told The Signal in an earlier interview that the eventual plan is still to construct a recreation center on the land.

If that plan holds, the city would either need to relocate the fields or construct new ones, he said.
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