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Laurene Weste: The sports complex’s next big thing

Live from City Hall

Posted: November 19, 2009 9:04 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita’s Sports Complex buzzes with activity every day, as residents enjoy its numerous quality recreational facilities and programs.

Right on the heels of opening up the region’s largest skate park and adjacent playing field, the city is set to celebrate the grand opening of Phase IV — the latest expansion project at the Sports Complex. Phase IV added a multitude of popular amenities to the 58-acre Sports Complex, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Residents are invited to head out to the city’s Sports Complex Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m., to join the City Council in celebrating the expansion of the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

For those surprised to learn about continued construction, the Sports Complex expansion just keeps getting better. The city completed a master plan for the facility in 2004, which outlined various phases of construction to the site.  

A host of exciting additions to the Sports Complex will be unveiled at the Dec. 2 grand opening, including two fully lighted outdoor basketball courts.

An interim, half-acre, off-leash park, fondly called “Canine Country Dog Park,” is also part of the completed expansion, giving Santa Clarita pooches another great place to play.

In addition to increasing the scope of available recreational activities at the city’s Sports Complex, the city also went to great lengths in the Phase IV expansion to increase accommodations for community members and event visitors.

At the popular Aquatic Center, Phase IV also includes increased stadium seating for spectators with its newly added terrace and shade.

The new feature located adjacent to the center’s 50-meter pool, can easily accommodate 635 spectators while keeping them cool and comfortable at the Aquatics Center’s well-attended swim meets and community events.

Phase IV of the project included increased accommodations for local residents who visit the Sports Complex on a regular basis.

Covered picnic pavilions, a renovated pedestrian plaza between the Complex’s Activities Center and Gymnasium, beautiful landscaping and more than one mile of lighted walkways were added as part of the newly completed expansion. Phase IV also added more than 200 parking spaces to the Sports Complex, which will come in handy during the busy summer season and numerous scheduled events including statewide swim meets, tournaments and competitions.

Phase IV construction also included the completion of a graded pad, which will serve as the site for a new Sports Complex gymnasium in the future. Work will continue in the future as the city meticulously molds and shapes the facility into one of California’s premier recreation destinations for residents to enjoy for years to come.

The city of Santa Clarita continues to develop and implement high quality, value-based programs and facilities that encourage Santa Clarita’s healthy lifestyle.

Residents are encouraged to come out to the grand opening event Dec. 2 to celebrate the Phase IV Sports Complex expansion project, which not only offers great recreational opportunities now, but also sets the groundwork for a fantastic facility designed to meet community needs for generations to come.

Laurene Weste is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall!” is provided by the city and appears Fridays in The Signal.


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