Youth Employment Plan, Placerita Canyon Restoration Project approved by Board of Supervisors

The Castaic Lake Recreation Area. Dan Watson / The Signal

Castaic Lake and Placerita Canyon will get a facelift in the upcoming months.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved additional “Adopt a Youth Employment Plan” initiatives for Regional Park and Open Space District grant-funded projects throughout the county.

The “Adopt a Youth Employment Plan” employs youth ages 14 to 24 that have been identified as “at-risk” and were referred for employment by state or local government programs or educational institutions.

Improvements to Santa Clarita Valley include the Castaic Lake Restrooms and Service Building Refurbishment Project and the Placerita Canyon Riparian (riverbank) Habitat Restoration Project in Newhall.

At Castaic Lake, youth will perform general clean-up duties and upgrades to the refurbishment of the lake’s restrooms, service building and related improvements.

The improvements at Placerita Canyon are to help protect and preserve the plant life and ecosystem at Placerita Canyon Creek.

Enhancements to the area include planting native plants along the creek, removing non-native plants along the creek, shoring walls and installing two bridges to raise the Canyon Trail out of the creek at two locations.

Because these upgrades require highly-skilled labor, youth will not be employed to assist with the competition of the Placerita Canyon Riparian Habitat Restoration Project.

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