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City eyes grant to develop trail in Placerita

Council is also looking to approve a $475K contract for bridge repair and maintenance

Posted: October 11, 2009 8:24 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita is hoping to score $150,000 to help develop a trail system on 140 acres of open space purchased last summer.

The City Council will vote Tuesday night whether to apply for the grant, available through the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District.

A total of $1.4 million is available to cities in the county’s Fifth District, represented by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, according to an agenda report for Tuesday’s meeting.

Dubbed East Walker Ranch, the city’s open space is located in Placerita Canyon east of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. The property was purchased for $2.5 million last summer.

The site was formerly home to pyrotechnic company Special Devices Inc. and remains undeveloped save for concrete slabs where buildings once stood and worn asphalt roads connecting different levels of the hilly property.

The grant money would allow the city to develop the Walker Ranch trail system and connect it to the nearby Golden Valley open space and a trail in the Angeles National Forest.

In other business, the council is set to approve a $475,000 contract to Irvine-based Peterson/Chase Engineering Construction for maintenance and repair of bridges throughout the city.

Santa Clarita secured the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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