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Frank Ferry: Canyon Country community center to open

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

 

The city of Santa Clarita works hard to increase and improve the quality and quantity of recreation, community services and sports programs for residents. This effort has taken many forms, including building new parks, trails and facilities, creating partnerships among public and private entities, offering high quality, accessible programming, classes, events and sports teams for youth, special needs, and adults.

The city’s goal with this long-term effort is to positively impact social issues, resulting in a lower crime rate and a more productive, healthy and engaged community.

While the Canyon Country area of Santa Clarita includes the popular 60-acre Sports Complex, as well as several city parks and trails, Canyon Country is home to 80,000 residents and needed additional recreation offerings and a community center.

Now, after months of dedicated preparation, the city of Santa Clarita is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Canyon Country Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m., located at the intersection of Sierra Highway and Flying Tiger Drive.

The Santa Clarita City Council would like to invite community members to attend the grand opening and tour the new facility, which will be open six days a week.

The new Community Center features a hybrid of recreational and inter-generational programming in both a traditional and non-traditional setting for children, teens, parents, and seniors.

One of the hallmarks of Santa Clarita is our commitment to work with our community members to learn their ideas and desires for services prior to implementing something new.

This initial input phase was created early in the process to assure that the new Canyon Country Community Center provided programs and activities the community wanted.

In meeting with area residents and businesses, the city learned that youth, parents and seniors wanted to see more recreation, educational, and community service programming near their homes. This information led to city staff reaching out to area stakeholders to discuss partnering to provide more services.

Thanks to community feedback, the new Canyon Country Community Center will be structured to serve as a “hub” for programs and services to area residents. The Canyon Country Community Center is designed to provide core programming, activities, and be a resource to Canyon Country residents.

Activities at the center will focus on after-school and enrichment programs, “Healthy Santa Clarita” activities, senior programming, and classes for parents with children ages 1 to 5.

The Community Center also includes a diverse array of programs and opportunities in and around the center, thanks to partnerships with local organizations, agencies and volunteers.

These include: after-school homework assistance, exercise classes, workshops and ESL classes through the Granada Villa Neighborhood Committee; volunteers helping school-aged youth with their homework and reading a few days a week during after-school hours through the Neighborhood Homework Help Program; and free workshops like art, computer, cooking, music, and journalism classes through the NOMAD LAB Youth Art Program.

Additionally, the Canyon Country Community Center will serve as a meeting place and resource for other partnering agencies and programs, including: Parents on a Mission, which is an anti-gang program that provides resources to parents so that they can help their children avoid gangs.; ACTION Support Group for teens and their families; and the new partner program, Friday Night Lights, which will provide junior high age teens with a variety of recreational opportunities at various parks and facilities on the first Friday of the month.

We are so excited to be opening our doors to the new Canyon Country Community on Jan. 12! If you are interested in learning about what is happening at the center, please log onto: www.santa-clarita.com/cccc for class and program information.

The new Community Center is located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive off Sierra Highway and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the grand opening of the Canyon Country Community Center, call 661-255-4939.

Frank Ferry is a Santa Clarita City Council member and can be reached directly at fferry@santa-clarita.com.

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