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City offers sneak peek at new Discovery Park Feb. 25

Posted: February 18, 2010 8:32 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2010 8:25 p.m.

This Week in Santa Clarita covers the groundbreaking of Discovery Park.

 
The city of Santa Clarita will host a groundbreaking event for Phase II of its new Discovery Park on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.

Located along the banks of the Santa Clara River, Discovery Park is the city's first "passive" river park and is designed to reverse ecological damages while encouraging barrier-free interaction with the natural environment.

Discovery Park's innovative design strikes a balance between new recreational options for residents and increased environmental protection.

The park will offer opportunities for education, wildlife observation and passive recreation such as yoga, landscape painting, photography and more, with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

Of the park's 25 acres, the majority will remain natural and safe from future development.

"Before construction for Discovery Park began, non-native species, illegal dumping and off-road vehicle use plagued the site, which is recognized as a Significant Ecological Area," Mayor Laurene Weste said. "Once completed, the park's design will help reverse ecological damages caused by misuse, while encouraging environmental protection and growth."

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