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City breaks ground on Sports Complex addition

• Expansion tagged at $25 million

Posted: June 13, 2008 1:29 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Mayor Bob Kellar speaks during the groundbreaking for the $25 million Phase 4 of the Santa Clarita Sports Complex Thursday morning.

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Gold shovels hit the gravel Thursday as city officials kicked off a $25 million expansion of the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Canyon Country.

This fourth phase includes a new and larger skateboard park, a new gymnasium, an off-leash dog park, outdoor basketball courts with a roller hockey overlay, multi-use playing fields and more parking and landscaping.

"Today we are breaking ground for an incredible series of projects that will provide for the recreational needs of our community well into the future," said Mayor Bob Kellar. "These are the things that make Santa Clarita the special place that it is."

The new 40,000-square-foot skate park will be constructed at the northeast end of the sports complex near the intersection of Ruether Avenue and Centre Pointe Parkway. The new park will replace the existing 11,000-square-foot skate area that sits at the south end of the complex.

The existing skate park will likely not close until August, at which time the city plans to open a temporary park. Skateboarders will likely only have to use the temporary park for less than six months, with the new park expected to open in the spring.

Plans were drawn up with the help of local skateboarders and feature large bowls, a flow course, an adjacent restroom and a concession building.

On weekday evenings, the existing skate park sees an average of 40 to 60 skateboarders, according to Dianna Boone, recreation administrator for the skate park.

On weekends, she sees 55 to 100 at any given time, with hundreds using the park throughout the day, she said. The skate park has also attracted youth riding razor scooters, she said.

Grading will begin this month for the new gymnasium, which will include indoor basketball and volleyball courts. The gym is expected to open in 2010.

This fourth phase of expansion will add 38 acres to the 20-acre site, which has an aquatics center, gymnasium and activities center.

"Several years ago our city fortuitously acquired the 38 acres adjacent to the Sports Complex," Kellar said. "We've worked closely with the public to create a master plan for the entire site which meets the needs of our residents."

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