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Public invited to Elsmere Canyon dedication Friday

Posted: November 10, 2010 8:53 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Residents who feel like celebrating the dedication of Elsmere Canyon as open space, thwarting a decades-old plan to turn the canyon into a giant garbage dump, need to RSVP to city officials today so they can join the ceremony Friday morning.

The canyon just east of Highway 14 at Newhall Avenue was recently purchased by the city of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to be set aside as open space for the enjoyment of all Santa Clarita Valley residents.

An official dedication ceremony is scheduled Friday, and the public is invited to attend.

Residents should RSVP to (661) 255-4321 today to let city officials know they want to be on hand for the dedication.

On Friday, they need to drive to a location on Sierra Highway before 11 a.m. to board four-wheel-drive shuttles to the site of the ceremony.

On hand for the dedication will be Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Mayor Laurene Weste and all other Santa Clarita City Council members.

“Elsmere Canyon is an area of significant importance as it provides connectivity to existing wildlife corridors and increases the city’s greenbelt of protected open space,” Weste said in a statement.

The battle to preserve Elsmere Canyon dates back decades to when a gigantic dump was proposed for the area, said to be one of the most pristine canyons in the valley.

Residents rallied against the plan and, with the aid of federal legislation, succeeded in blocking the dump. A lengthy process of acquiring the land followed, culminating in escrow closing last month on 842 acres that will be dedicated Friday.


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