Santa Clarita opens 34th park in honor of city’s birthday

By Christina Cox

Last update: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Santa Clarita residents now have another place to play, relax and run outside.

In honor of Santa Clarita’s 29th birthday, the city officially opened its 34th park, Marketplace Park, in Valencia Thursday.

“When we started as a city we had six and a half parks, I say affectionately,” Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste said.  “We are very thrilled about this.  I want to thank everyone for the hard work and dedication because this is truly a partnership.”

Attendees gather under cloudy skies at the official ribbon cutting of the 2.5 acre Marketplace Park in Valencia on Thursday, Santa Clarita's 34th Park.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Attendees gather under cloudy skies at the official ribbon cutting of the 2.5 acre Marketplace Park in Valencia on Thursday, Santa Clarita’s 34th Park. Dan Watson/The Signal

The park sits at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive near Real Life Church, and was built through a partnership between the city, Bridgeport Marketplace and Real Life Church.

“Real Life Church was the driving force to make this happen, to push the design, to get us to work with the city and to fund the entire park and parking lot,” said Dale Donohoe, president of Intertex General Contractors, Inc.

Rusty George, lead pastor at Real Life Church, expressed his gratitude to partner with the city to create a project like this one.

“This has been a dream for several years and finally a reality,” George said.  “We want to keep doing more and more things for the community that make this great place to live an even better place to live.”

Marketplace Parks consists of 2.5 acres of open turf area, walkways, picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains and a shade structure.  It also includes 170 parking spaces and an EVGo electric vehicle charging station that can fully charge a vehicle in 30 minutes.

“This park is a culmination of 14 years of work, cooperation, coordination and integration,” Donohoe said.  “I can see four or five AYSO teams showing up with cones and making this a makeshift soccer field.”

Jaden Hilsinger, 3, is the first official park user as he runs across the grass of the 2.5 acre, Marketplace Park after the ribbon cutting ceremony in Valencia on Thursday.  Dan Watson/ The Signal
Jaden Hilsinger, 3, is the first official park user as he runs across the grass of the 2.5 acre, Marketplace Park after the ribbon cutting ceremony in Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Weste also believes the park will be a popular location because of its location and facilities.

“I think it’s going to be very popular for lots of events and parties,” she said.  “I look forward to little concerts and maybe they’ll even show movies out here.”

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Santa Clarita opens 34th park in honor of city’s birthday

Dignitaries applaud as they cut the ribbon at Santa Clarita's 34th Park, the 2.5 acre Marketplace Park in Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Santa Clarita residents now have another place to play, relax and run outside.

In honor of Santa Clarita’s 29th birthday, the city officially opened its 34th park, Marketplace Park, in Valencia Thursday.

“When we started as a city we had six and a half parks, I say affectionately,” Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste said.  “We are very thrilled about this.  I want to thank everyone for the hard work and dedication because this is truly a partnership.”

Attendees gather under cloudy skies at the official ribbon cutting of the 2.5 acre Marketplace Park in Valencia on Thursday, Santa Clarita's 34th Park.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Attendees gather under cloudy skies at the official ribbon cutting of the 2.5 acre Marketplace Park in Valencia on Thursday, Santa Clarita’s 34th Park. Dan Watson/The Signal

The park sits at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive near Real Life Church, and was built through a partnership between the city, Bridgeport Marketplace and Real Life Church.

“Real Life Church was the driving force to make this happen, to push the design, to get us to work with the city and to fund the entire park and parking lot,” said Dale Donohoe, president of Intertex General Contractors, Inc.

Rusty George, lead pastor at Real Life Church, expressed his gratitude to partner with the city to create a project like this one.

“This has been a dream for several years and finally a reality,” George said.  “We want to keep doing more and more things for the community that make this great place to live an even better place to live.”

Marketplace Parks consists of 2.5 acres of open turf area, walkways, picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains and a shade structure.  It also includes 170 parking spaces and an EVGo electric vehicle charging station that can fully charge a vehicle in 30 minutes.

“This park is a culmination of 14 years of work, cooperation, coordination and integration,” Donohoe said.  “I can see four or five AYSO teams showing up with cones and making this a makeshift soccer field.”

Jaden Hilsinger, 3, is the first official park user as he runs across the grass of the 2.5 acre, Marketplace Park after the ribbon cutting ceremony in Valencia on Thursday.  Dan Watson/ The Signal
Jaden Hilsinger, 3, is the first official park user as he runs across the grass of the 2.5 acre, Marketplace Park after the ribbon cutting ceremony in Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Weste also believes the park will be a popular location because of its location and facilities.

“I think it’s going to be very popular for lots of events and parties,” she said.  “I look forward to little concerts and maybe they’ll even show movies out here.”

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.