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Canyon Country Community Center on track to open in few months

Posted: October 5, 2012 5:12 p.m.
Updated: October 5, 2012 5:12 p.m.

George Holguin works on paneling inside the soon-to-be Canyon Country Community Center on Monday. The construction is expected to be completed by winter.

Construction at the Canyon Country Community Center is progressing on schedule, and city officials are hopeful the center will be ready to open in December or January, they said this week.

In July the city approved a five-year, $8,600-a-month lease on the 4,000-square-foot facility at Sierra Highway and Flying Tiger Drive.

The building is designed to make the most out of its limited space, a city official said Thursday at a Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission meeting. Among its features will be retractable screens that can be used to cordon off or open up space as necessary, said Chris Price, city superintendent of parks planning and open space.

“Our goal was to create a place that was a nice-quality area, but had a lot of flexibility,” Price said.

Construction began at the center on Sept. 10, though the complex housing the center was built beginning in 2008. Price said the city will be the first tenant of the center, and that the city has built conditions into its lease restricting other types of tenants may occupy the center.

The city’s first community center opened in Newhall in the 1990s at the request of residents there. Construction began on a permanent Newhall facility in 2004.

The lease on the Canyon Country Community Center is for five years; city officials hope to have plans for a permanent facility when it expires.

Toi Chisom, city recreation superintendent, said the center will operate as part of a “hub and spoke” model, with the center itself focused on providing core activities and programs and external community resources, partnership and outreach augmenting the center’s capabilities.

“The beauty about this is that you are reaching a segment of the community that doesn’t even know Santa Clarita exists,” said Ruthann Levinson, a member of the commission. “I think it’s going to be really terrific.”




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