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Facelift continues at Hart Park

Posted: February 9, 2013 2:52 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2013 2:52 p.m.

William S. Hart Park Superintendant Norm Phillips points to downtown Newhall as he walks past the new pedestrian entrance on Newhall Avenue on Thursday. (Dan Watson/The Signal)


With one million-dollar project virtually completed, the William S. Hart Park in Newhall will turn its attention to another beginning Monday, according to the park’s superintendent.

For the better part of the last six months, crews have worked at the park to replace its old chain-link fence with one made of stucco pilasters and wrought-iron fencing, said Norm Phillips, superintendent of the park.

Accompanying the new fence is additional landscaping as part of an ongoing effort to beautify the front entrance to the park, Phillips said.

“We wanted to bring some of the motif from the mansion down to the fence,” Phillips said. “I think it kind of ties the park together.”

The Spanish Colonial revival-style mansion, which sits atop a hill in the park, was built as the retirement home of silent film star William S. Hart, who donated the park to Los Angeles County.

Along with the fence, Phillips said, the park has added weather-proof poster board displays and an electric marquee to better advertise events in the area.

“We really want to give the community a feel for what’s going on,” Phillips said.

Upcoming park projects are just as much about function as they are aesthetics, Phillips said. Starting Monday, work will begin on a variety of functional and feature repairs on the property, including repaving and striping the parking lot of the Santa Clarita Senior Center, which adjoins the park, repainting the outside of William S. Hart Hall, adding new blinds and refurbishing the hall’s kitchen.

The park will also install or replace damaged piping to restore water service to the campgrounds, Phillips said.
While Phillips said he is unsure when all the work will be done at the park, he does not anticipate any interruptions in service or activities.

The William S. Hart Park and Museum is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall. Winter and spring hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.
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