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Hart Park to receive face-lift

Posted: May 29, 2012 6:26 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2012 6:26 p.m.

William S. Hart Mansion and Museum is part of Hart Park, a local attraction that recently received the go-ahead for another $1 million in upgrades.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $1 million list of repairs Tuesday for the William S. Hart Regional Park in Newhall.

The improvements are separate from a $1 million upgrade approved for the park entrance in April. That project will replace the existing chain link fence with wrought iron and stucco masonry, add irrigation and landscaping at the pedestrian and vehicle access points, and pave and align the road at the staff entrance.

The facade improvements are slated to start July or August, said William S. Hart Regional Park Superintendent Norm Phillips.

"Hopefully with this new wrought iron and stucco pilasters, it's going to invite people to come in and explore," Phillips said, adding that some residents who have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for 25 years don't know the park has a museum.

With the new improvements approved Tuesday, the parking lots for both the Senior Center and the William S. Hart Regional Park picnic area will be repaved and striped.

Security light fixtures will be replaced, and water service to the campgrounds will be restored by installing new piping and a new connection pipe to replace the existing damaged waterline, according to a report prepared by the county Chief Executive Office.

The water has been shut off to the campground after a pipe burst under the Metrolink tracks in 2011, Phillips said.

The irrigation system will have piping repaired and "smart controllers" installed, Phillips said. The "smart controllers" regulate watering according to weather conditions and moisture in the soil.

Several buildings at the park - including the bunk house, Naylor house, Frew house, chauffeur's quarters and Hart Hall - will undergo replacement for damaged doors and woodwork, weatherproofing, water-damaged plaster and other repairs, according to the report.

The old staff office and former trading post will receive repair or replacement of roofing, damaged doors and woodwork, windows, painting and lighting.

During the construction period the park will not be closed, although the parking lots at the Senior Center and the picnic area may be closed during repaving, Phillips said.

The maintenance project will be paid for with Fifth Supervisorial District capital project funds.

The maintenance project is set to begin construction Sept. 14 and have "substantial completion" by the end of February 2013, according to the report.

The park - at 24151 Newhall Ave. - is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the museum is open 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.





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