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Santa Clarita adds tennis courts, dog park lights to Central Park improvement list

Posted: May 13, 2014 6:14 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Concrete mason Rodrigo Reyes builds a concrete form near the entrance to the new sports fields as construction continues at Central Park on Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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New sports fields are currently under construction at Central Park in Saugus. But Santa Clarita city officials are eyeing more improvements at the location under their proposed spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

One project under consideration is the design of a planned tennis complex, in the amount of $520,000.

“The 2008 Parks and Recreation master plan identified a deficit of tennis courts in Santa Clarita,” said Rick Gould, the city’s director of parks, recreation and community services. “This would address a large part of that demand.”

Gould said the planned complex is part of a larger phase of work that the city is looking into at the park located off Bouquet Canyon Road.

Some other projects on tap, according to city officials, are lights at the off-leash dog park in the area, which has long been on the community’s wish list.

“I think it’s definitely a win-win for the community, and we’ll be looking forward to turning on the light switch,” said Michael Cruz, a member of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission.

Spending on such projects has to be approved as part of the city’s 2014-2015 budget. Approval of the budget is expected in June.

Central Park has been no stranger to work in recent months. Work is ongoing to complete two, lighted, multiuse sports fields at the park.

The project also includes “a new basketball court, shade structures and 178 more parking spaces,” according to city spokeswoman Gail Morgan.

That project is expected to be completed this fall, but the parking spaces “will be done and ready for Concerts in the Park,” Morgan said.

The popular outdoor concert series begins July 12 with DSB, a Journey tribute band.

While some work at parks around the city was halted as a result of the recent recession, Gould said he is pleased to see projects starting to move forward.

“The City Council has always placed a very high priority on parks, recreation and community services because I think they see it for exactly what it is,” Gould said. “It’s an essential service for the families and children in our community.”
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