By City Manager Ken Striplin
As we move further into 2020, we also near the culmination of the City of Santa Clarita’s SC2020 strategic plan. Over the past five years, the City has celebrated the completion of a number of action items in the SC2020 plan, including the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge Widening Project, the acquisition and preservation of open space and the construction of new trails for residents to explore.
One landmark project that will have a profound impact on generations to come is the future Canyon Country Community Center at the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.
The temporary Canyon Country Community Center opened its doors in 2013 and is currently located on Flying Tiger Drive. Since the beginning, residents have gone to the Community Center for everything from early childhood enrichment activities to programs for senior citizens and families. Even through the uncertainty of the coronavirus Safer at Home public health orders, City staff has continued to develop arts and crafts projects, student activities and more for the Virtual Rec Center (santa-clarita.com/VirtualRec
Construction continues on the new Community Center, and progress is being made each and every day. The second phase of construction is currently underway, and if you have been in the area recently, you will notice that the Community Center building itself is taking shape. Other features of the Canyon Country Community Center are also beginning to fill out the site plan.
Most of the structural steel for the main building is completely installed, and crews are working on the metal roof decking. Additionally, fine grading of the site is taking place as construction continues on the restroom building, parking lot light pole bases and site utilities.
As part of Phase II, the “Communitree” public art piece will also be installed. The “Communitree” will serve as an iconic gateway into the new Community Center and will be a unique and colorful oak tree that will symbolize the strength of Santa Clarita.
Phase III will be completed concurrently with Phase II and is beginning this summer. This third and final phase includes off-site improvements to the streets surrounding the future Canyon Country Community Center. These improvements will enhance traffic flow around the site and at the busy Soledad/Sierra intersection.
When the new Canyon Country Community Center opens to the public in 2021, it will be a destination for residents looking for recreation, enrichment, socialization and more. In the coming months, the Community Center building will be completed and will house a gymnasium, fitness room and demonstration kitchen. Residents will also enjoy an outdoor space for events, play equipment, half-court basketball, walkways and open turf area.
There is much to be excited about as the Canyon Country Community Center project nears completion. I look forward to its grand opening and welcoming residents to this state-of-the-art facility next year. You can learn more about the Community Center and watch a video of the construction process by visiting
Ken Striplin can be reached at [email protected]. The views expressed in his column are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal.