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County Might Make Canyon Country Park Whole On Tuesday

ccpark032912By Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com

Consider it housekeeping – or yard keeping.

A quarter-century after the city of Santa Clarita was formed, the county of Los Angeles is transfering  title to some land in Canyon Country that was supposed to go to the city in the first place.

(The parcels lined in yellow are county land, the pink is part of the city)


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At issue are five county-owned parcels the city has maintained as part of Canyon Country Park. According to a report from the county’s chief executive officer, they “should have been transfered from the county to the city at the time of incorporation in December 1987.”

The Board of Supervisors will considering authorizing county CEO William Fujioka to sign the appropriate quit-claim deeds at their meeting Tuesday.

The strings are that the city of Santa Clarita must continue to maintain the five parcels as parkland; and city and county residents must have equal access to the property. Otherwise the county can take back the land.

At various times over the past 25 years, the city has charged unincorporated residents higher enrollment fees than city residents for city parks and recreation programs. The city wouldn’t be able to do that with any program that uses one or more of the five county-owned parcels, which essentially comprise the northwest and northeast corners of the park.