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Canyon Country Community Center opens

Posted: January 12, 2013 1:43 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2013 1:43 p.m.

Attendees enjoy refreshments at the Canyon Country Community Center opening in Canyon Country on Saturday.

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More than 100 community members, city staffers and officials braved chilly weather this morning to attend the grand opening of Santa Clarita’s new Canyon Country Community Center.

“I’d like to welcome you all to Mammoth Mountain,” joked Chris Fall, chairman of the city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission as attendees stood shivering in the shade.

The center, located at 18792 Flying Tiger Dr., is one of two such facilities in the city, joining the Newhall Community Center.

The current home of the Canyon Country Community Center is a building leased by the city. That lease runs for five years, according to city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz.

The Newhall location also began as a leased building, said Rick Gould, the city’s director of parks, recreation and community services. The city operated the center under that lease for about 10 years before deciding to build a permanent, city-owned home for the center.

Over the next five years, the city will collect data on what type of programming and events the Canyon Country center should host, as well as examine options for a permanent location in the future.

But in the meantime, plenty of people have been excited about the current location, Ortiz said.

“We’ve had people coming up, knocking on the glass, calling us to see when we would be open,” Ortiz said. “The enthusiasm has been incredible.”

Part of that enthusiasm is a result of the center’s location, said City Councilman TimBen Boydston. By operating such a facility in Canyon Country, near the recently annexed area of Jakes Way, the city can bring a larger array of services to a wider area, Boydston said.

“This will allow us to lend a hand with issues in this community,” Boydston said. “It’s really going to be a great thing for this area.”

Mayor Bob Kellar called the center a “phenomenal facility” and praised the turnout of the crowd.

“This just speaks volumes about how excited the community is for this center to open,” Kellar said.

One such community member is Canyon Country resident Cheryl Votruba. A mother of five, with children ranging in age from 3 to 16, Votruba said she hopes the center will be a place where her children can have fun in a supervised environment.

“I’m looking for this to be a safe place for (my children) to hang out and make some friends,” Votruba said.

The Canyon Country Community Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will be closed Sunday and holidays.

For more information on the Canyon Country Community Center, visit
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