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Council ponders temporary skatepark, purchase of Newhall property

City could spend $150,000 on stop-gap park.

Posted: March 22, 2008 12:06 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita skateboarders may still have a place to skate while the city shuts down its only skate park to build a new one.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider approving $150,000 for a temporary skate park that would include above-ground ramps and rails on a surface about the size of a basketball court.

The city has been planning to shut down the existing 11,000-square-foot skate track at the George A. Caravalho Sports Complex while the city builds a new 40,000-square-foot park at the corner of Ruether Avenue and Centre Pointe Parkway.

The existing park would be closed for a minimum of four months.

Hundreds have signed a petition asking the city to come up with a way to keep the park open or find a temporary park, as it is the only skate park within the city limits.

After meeting with some of the skateboarders, the city staff is now recommending that construction plans for the skatepark continue as planned, but the staff asking the council for funding for a temporary park.

Keeping the existing park open while construction begins on the new park would cost the city estimated $1 million.

In other business, the council will consider approving the purchase of property at 24515 Spruce St. in downtown Newhall to make room the new public library the city and county are planning on the block.

The 6,200-square-foot property is occupied by Paws for Fun, a dog day care, training and grooming business. If the purchase is finalized, the city will allow the business to continue leasing the space for a
15-month period of time.

"The city is giving us 15 months to find a location and until then, we will continue operating here," dog groomer Lynda Reinhart said Friday.

The negotiated price for the property is $725,000 and an additional $15,000 will be needed for fees, according to a city staff report.

In recent months, the council approved the purchase of three nearby parcels occupied by the CarQuest Auto Parts store and the city is planning further negotiations to acquire additional property on the block.

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