A pair of ribbon-cuttings were held Saturday morning for the official opening of the long-awaited Golden Valley Road extension and the opening of the new Golden Valley Park.
The Golden Valley Road extension creates a connection from Newhall Ranch Road to Bouquet Canyon Road via Plum Canyon Road.
“One of the greatest things we get to do as a city is open up new roads because people keep saying we need more roads,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean. “This new road offers our residents another way to travel across town, reducing commute times.”
City Parks Director Rick Gould said he believes the Golden Valley Road extension will change traffic patterns on the north side of the city.
The road is now open to the public, said Randy Johnson, executive vice president of Brookfield Residential.
With the completion of the Golden Valley Road extension, the Five Knolls community also had it’s grand opening.
Five Knolls is the new 247-acre, master planned community set amidst five signature knolls overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley.
The project was started about 16 months ago after about a 10-year hiatus, Johnson said. The property was bought in 2005.
“All the infrastructure is basically in and the homes are now being built,” said Johnson. “The first move in will probably be around Halloween or Thanksgiving, somewhere in that time frame.”
There are a total of 491 homes in the Five Knolls community, said Johnson.
In addition to the Golden Valley Road extension, the Golden Valley Park ribbon cutting ceremony took place immediately following the ceremony for the road extension.
The Golden Valley Park is a five-acre park, built in partnership between Brookfield Residential and the city of Santa Clarita.
The park has unique features, such as an off-leash dog area, a good amount of shade for the residents while they’re watching their dogs run around and the park is also lit for night, said Gould.
“We also have a very nice play area, a half court basketball, but (we also have) a number of drought tolerant features in this park,” said Gould. “We really worked on the irrigation, the perimeters are all drought tolerant plants, drought tolerant irrigation… While you still want to have some grass in a park, there’s a lot less but still plenty to play on, and that will make it a really nice, comfortable place to be during the day.”
The park also featured purple sprinklers and included some artificial turf.
“Purple sprinklers are for recycled water and one of these days as recycled water becomes more available to us, we’ll be able to put that water in,” said Gould. “When you see those sprinklers, it basically means don’t drink it.”
The Golden Valley Park is the 32nd park in the city, said Gould.
“When I got here a few years back, we only had about 10 so we’ve really seen growth in parks and that’s what people want. People want to come out and play, they want to be able to relax and it really provides an aesthetic for the community too,” said Gould. “Think about it, parks make life better. You want to go and relax in a place like this.”