CANYON COUNTRY – A hillside park with a breathtaking overlook of Canyon Country is the top priority of the Santa Clarita Parks Commission, which has begun reviewing its share of the city’s 2006-07 budget. “Whites Canyon Park is definitely a priority,” said Community Services Superintendent Adele Macpherson. “It’s a passive park, but there will be trails and paths put into the part that extends down to Nadal Street.” Most people know Whites Canyon Park as a large parcel of land with a few benches perched atop a hill overlooking Canyon High School. Macpherson said plans for the rest of the park development are in final review and are included in this year’s budget. Other capital improvement projects included in the program budget of $23.2 million are the expansion of the city’s sports complex into a 38-acre parcel the city bought in 2004. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s always been part of the plan to add a BMX area and expand the skatepark, but things changed when we did the initial phase,” Macpherson said. “Now that we’re going into phase four, there are plans to add a gym, a BMX track and a larger skatepark.” The budget for planning, engineering, grading and permits for the expansion is set at $137,056. Two trails will receive attention in the budget; $312,171 has been earmarked for the development of a passive park and trailhead improvements of a 41-acre parcel at the Lost Canyon River Park Trailhead. The Sand Canyon Trail, which is in the process of being extended, has been allocated $168,000 for improvements and easements. In addition, a related grant-funded project will focus on the acquisition of 92 acres adjacent to the project for river open space and future trail extension. Playground equipment and resurfacing is nearly complete at Santa Clarita Park, Pamplico Park and Valencia Glen Park. Budget allocation for that project is $250,000. Two projects built by developers, the North Valencia I Trails and River Park, are also being considered, though no funds have been budgeted yet for the projects. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5252 If you go: The Santa Clarita Parks Commission will review a proposed parks budget at 6 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“The attitude here is, like, why do we have to keep fighting to protect this monument?” Bowen said. The draft petition proposes expanding Juneau’s current boundaries by 1,400 square miles. It includes land surrounding Tracy Arm to the south and portions of the northern end of Admiralty Island. The Local Boundary Commission will do an informal review of CBJ’s petition before the final version is submitted. Once the commission completes its technical review, the petition will go to the Alaska Legislature for approval. A fight over land is reigniting after the City and Borough of Juneau submitted a proposal to annex portions of Admiralty Island to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. “That’s why the Local Boundary Commission exists,” Cosgrove said. “It’s to assist neighboring areas to work out any differences of opinion about where those lines should be.” The Juneau Assembly approved those boundaries by a narrow vote in January 2018. Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said it took the city a year and a half to get all of the application materials together. Angoon Mayor Joshua Bowen said he doesn’t understand why CBJ is moving forward with annexation when the land already has some federal protections from development. Tlingit Elders from Angoon traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1978 to lobby for those protections. That resulted in the creation of Admiralty Island National Monument. The city of Angoon has protested annexation from the beginning, saying it threatens Indigenous subsistence practices and their role as the original stewards of Admiralty Island. Current and former Angoon residents and supporters protest Juneau’s application to annex portions of Admiralty Island on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) Demonstrators gathered across from the state Capitol and later City Hall on Friday to protest CBJ’s petition to annex portions of Admiralty Island. She said city officials are aware of Angoon’s concerns, but they have confidence in the process. The Angoon City Council passed a resolution Monday, once again stating its opposition. Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins joined Friday’s protest. His district includes Angoon, and he said he’s working with the city to send a letter of opposition to the Local Boundary Commission. “The Legislature can certainly disprove whatever the LBC puts forward, and I’ll certainly be exercising that prerogative if it feels warranted,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. Kreiss-Tomkins said aspects of CBJ’s application — like the decision to exclude Funter Bay, where many Juneau residents own private cabins — likely won’t be viewed sympathetically by the commission. The City and Borough of Juneau’s website has a “Q&A” page describing the annexation process and the city’s rationale for the proposal.