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Santa Clarita buys more open space

Land deal provides access to bigger city-owned plots

Posted: October 21, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 
The city has bought up 10 acres of land in Quigley Canyon that would allow greater access to Walker Ranch, officials said.
Escrow closed Tuesday on the $615,000 deal.

The new purchase, which was appraised for $571,000, includes hiking and horseback trails that connect with another 140-acre plot the city already owned.

“(Quigley Canyon) is beautiful nature, accessible a few minutes from our home,” City Councilwoman Laurene Weste said.

Santa Clarita officials have also applied for a $150,000 grant that go toward mapping the area, along with about 3,000 more acres of city-owned open space to make it more accessible.

The grant money would also be used to install picnic benches, water fountains, and more hiking and biking trails, Weste said.

The Open Space project, which began two years ago, is the city’s effort to create a green buffer zone around the valley, protecting land from any development. Residents pay $25 a year in taxes to support the open space project, said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz.

The Quigley Canyon deal is small compared to the 158 acres the city purchased in East Walker Ranch, which was dedicated in September. Both allow for greater access to wilderness areas, Weste said.

East Walker Ranch lies just off of Placerita Canyon Road. It connects to another 1,000 acres of land across the road that the city already owns, as well as the Angeles National Forest, Weste said.

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