The city of Santa Clarita is finalizing plans for the new Canyon Country Community Center, which will begin construction in early 2019, city officials said Wednesday.
The permanent center would be located on the northeast corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, replacing n the current one on Flying Tiger Drive, which opened to the public in 2012.
The new center will be 25,000 square feet with a new gymnasium, a multi-purpose area, play structures, a demonstration kitchen and an outdoor basketball half-court with open turf area, said Janine Prado, the city’s Community Services Administrator.
“The current center is in a strip mall, so it has a very small capacity,” Prado said. “There’s no outdoor space or play area and limited room for meetings and events.”
Once completed, the center will expand on programs the current center already offers. The LEAP after school program, the iTeens program, birthday parties and other recreational activities for all ages will continue at the new center while adding new programming due to expanded capacity, Prado said.
The demonstration kitchen would give residents the opportunity for cooking classes. Youth and adult sports such as basketball, volleyball and pickleball would be additional added features because of the new gym. The multi-purpose area would be able to house 300 people in total capacity, Prado said.
Other construction to go with the center entails a new gateway plaza on that corner of the Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, and street improvements on Dolan Way and Solamint Road. There would also be improvement of the Mint Canyon Channel, according to Robert Newman, director of Public Works.
The community center is part of the city’s 2020 vision plan that outlines numerous projects to be completed by 2020.
“This is a place that Canyon Country can call home,” Mayor Laurene Weste said in March. “Canyon Country shared their vision, their hopes and their dreams, and we put it into a full-fledged 9-acre build site.”
The timeline for completion is late 2020 or early 2021, according to city documents.