The dawn of the new year brought with it a new arrival in Canyon Country. The City of Santa Clarita held a grand opening for the Canyon Country Community Center on January 12, with a ceremony attended by more than 100 residents of the area.
Located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive, what sets the Canyon Country Community Center apart from other recreational venues, such as the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, is that it provides not only recreational activities for its members, but educational and community service offerings as well. The center’s mission statement is “to enrich the community by connecting with residents and providing quality, structured programs and activities.” This stands in contrast to other existing centers, where many of the activities are unstructured.
The facility is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Sundays and holidays. The center is just beginning many new programs, including: Healthy Santa Clarita and Leisure Enrichment Activities. Residents must register for all programs prior to attendance, which can be done online at www.santa-clarita.com/cccc.
Participation is open to all residents of Santa Clarita, not just Canyon Country. The center also offers specialty programs and events. Birthday party rentals are available two Sundays a month for children ages 5-12. Other special events include Family Night, Popcorn and a Movie, Kid’s Night Out, sports programming, workshops, specialty camps, and an interactive sports wall.
The center will also host programs available to seniors, intergenerational activities and events for parents with young children and babies. There is also a host of after school programs for students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Mayor Bob Kellar said, “The center was designed to provide core programming, activities and be a resource to Canyon Country residents.”
Many residents think this resource is long overdue for Canyon Country, which has seen an increasing gang problem in recent years. Said one local parent with two small children, “Hopefully the center can encourage children in a positive way and keep them off the streets and away from gang pressures.” Another resident said, “Perhaps the center can serve as a model for other cities in Los Angeles County who have also seen an increase in gang related activity.”
Some locals added that they see this as a new and improved version of the Newhall Community Center, which is the only other community center in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Newhall Community Center, located at 22421 Market Street in Newhall, is a 17,000-square-foot community center, which offers many programs similar to that of CCCC. The facility has a gym room, a dance floor, social conference room and many other amenities. The Newhall Community Center is open for one hour longer each day than CCCC, operating Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is believed that the Newhall Community Center, which was located too far away to be useful for Canyon Country residents, actually served as a model for the new CCCC. In fact, the New CCCC, the Newhall Community Center and the Santa Clarita Sports Complex all share a universal membership. When you apply for membership at the New CCCC, your membership card can be used at the other two venues as well. Membership is free unless you lose your card, which costs five dollars to replace. All members under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the registration application. Also, all members must abide by the rules and regulations that are posted at all three centers. Members who violate the rules are subject to immediate dismissal from use of the resources and will have their memberships revoked.
The coordinator for the new CCCC said the Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously on July 12 of last year to approve the lease for the new CCCC, which will cost the city’s general fund $103,800 annually. She also stated that 2,000 to 3,000 residents visit the Newhall Community Center each month and hopes for a similar turn out at the new CCCC. Housed in a 3,900-square-foot commercial building, it will allow residents to access the center by car, on foot, by bike or by bus. As part of the lease, the CCCC would be eligible to use 27 percent of parking spaces in the business complex. Canyon Country Advisory Committee Chairman, Alan Ferdman stated, “We look forward to this being a great success. I’m hoping this will be a model we can duplicate around the city.”
NEW TEEN PROGRAM AT
CANYON COUNTRY COMMUNITY CENTER
The City of Santa Clarita invites youth to participate in a new, interactive junior high teen program called “Friday Night Lights.” This is one of the first of many programs to be launched from the new Canyon Country Community Center, located at 18792 Flying Tiger Drive.
Friday Night Lights will be hosted at various parks and facilities on the first Friday of the month, providing junior high age teens with a variety of free recreational opportunities, including: games on the new interactive “Sportswall” game board, web-cam world tours, funny photo booths with props and costumes, prizes, music and more.
“The City is constantly looking at ways to increase and improve the quality and quantity of community services for our residents,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “The new Friday Night Lights program was created to provide junior high teens with resources and a meeting place to interact with friends in a fun and safe environment.”
To participate in the Friday Night Lights program, teens must pre-register, complete a waiver form and bring a valid school identification card. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling (661) 286-4006.
For more information about programs available at the Canyon Country Community Center, please call (661) 250-3708 or visit Santa-Clarita.com.