Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Future Central Park Site
Saugus, California

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The former cow pasture below the Castaic Lake Water Agency's Rio Vista Water Treatment Facility on Bouquet Canyon Road was just that — an open field — in 1998, before the city of Santa Clarita turned it into Central Park.

The two agencies didn't always see eye-to-eye at the time (redevelopment; ownership of Santa Clarita Water Co.), but they came together on this one in 1997 with an agreement to lease 130 acres of CLWA property to the city for $100 a year.

In 1998 the city awarded a $350,000 design contract to RJM Design Group, a $3,511,780 construction contract to Valley Crest, and a $65,000 (later $75,000) inspection contract to Willdan Associates for Phase I of the park.

Construction was completed in February 2000, and the park opened with lighted softball fields, sports fields, landscaping, restrooms, walkways, a parking lot and other infrastructure. Subsequent years brought additional phases and amenities such as a community garden and a dog park (see below).

Central Park as of 2017, following completion of Phase III. Click to enlarge.

LW3141: 9600 dpi jpegs from original photographs (color negatives) by Leon Worden.


Park Site 1998


Groundbreaking 1998


Phase III Groundbeaking


Phase III Construction 12-2013

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