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Organization: City of Santa Clarita
Date: August 4, 2009
Message from City Manager Ken Pulskamp
August 2009
    It is my pleasure to provide a message to you each month from me, offering an overview of what the City is working on, as well as information on upcoming events. I hope that you find these messages useful. Additionally, I regularly post to my twitter site at www.twitter.com/kenpulskamp if you just can't wait for the monthly message!
    As the City embarks upon the new fiscal year, we continue our capital projects work program that represents millions of dollars in infrastructure for our City. If you have visited the City's Sports Complex this summer, you've probably noticed the large equipment working on the 38 acres adjacent to the facility which is owned by the City. This expansion project, Santa Clarita Sports Complex Phase IV, is nearing completion, adding the recently opened Skate Park to the Sports Complex, a new open-play field, and an additional 93 parking spaces. To be completed this fall are two lighted outdoor basketball courts, which can also be used for low-intensity recreational roller hockey games, with covered picnic areas, an interim half -acre off leash dog park, additional covered-terrace seating at the Aquatic Center, a pedestrian walkway system connecting upper with lower park areas, lush landscaping, and even more pa rking. We are very excited about the project that will provide for the recreational needs of our community well into the future.
    In Old Town Newhall, the two-block streetscape project is moving along well with nearly one side of the street completed. The streetscape project adds beautiful new brick sidewalks and crosswalks, wooden planking, lush landscape, street furniture and ambience to Main Street, Old Town Newhall. Prior to the Streetscape, the street dipped down for runoff which caused many vehicles, including some City transit buses, to bottom-out. The drainage problem was fixed as part of the Streetscape improvements, eliminating the need for crosswalk gutters and allowing for a smoother flow of traffic. For more information on the City's Old Town Newhall Streetscape project, call: 661-260-3431.
    Many people have mentioned to me that they are planning on hanging around Santa Clarita this summer. If that is the case for you and your family, the City has some terrific ideas for recreation and entertainment. If you haven't visited Central Park on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for our free Summer Concert in the park series, I encourage you to go! Every Saturday night this summer, you and your family can enjoy quality music in a comfortable, fun setting. For more great things to do right here in our community, check out www.visitsantaclarita.com.
    Next month, we will host our annual State of the City Luncheon on October 5, 2009 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. Mayor Frank Ferry and the Santa Clarita City Council will present the City's top accomplishments from the last year, as well as provide a glimpse at exciting projects and programs planned for the future. Tickets are $35 per person and include a commemorative gift. For more information or to RSVP, go on line to: www.santa-clarita.com.
    I want to personally thank you for your interest and participation in our great City. Please feel free to email me with any questions, thoughts or suggestions at kpulskamp@santa-clarita.com.

    Best regards,
    Ken Pulskamp
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