The City of Santa Clarita has purchased a large swath of land adjacent to the city limits. It is a move designed to expand the city’s current open land space, expand its greenbelt, and provide for additional wildlife connectivity between the Angeles National Forest.
The acquistion, encompassing 243 acres, has been in the works for quite some time. “This acquisition was a long process, but well worth it to further our commitment to open space preservation,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.
The newly acquired property is located east of the City limits; an area studied and under a Conservation Area Protection Plan. This has provided an opportunity to utilize state and federal conservation funds to enhance wildlife corridors and protect open spaces. The total purchase price for the 243 acres is $1,290,000 ($5,308 per acre).
The property purchase was an effort to leverage City of Santa Clarita Open Space District funds through collaboration between the City, Riverside Land Conservancy, and a grant obtained by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC).
Due to the State’s budget crisis, the $750,000 RMC grant was detained for nearly two years. The purchase was pushed along until the State was able to sell bonds again and the money became available.
For more information on the property purchase please contact Barbara Blankenship, the City’s Acquisition Specialist for Open Space, at 661-286-4086 or visit santaclaritaopenspace.com