A proposal to move an at-risk youth program from East Canyon to Pico Canyon is expected to be sent back to the L.A. County Parks Department on Tuesday for further evaluation.
On June 2, when the Board of Supervisors delayed discussion of the proposal, it rescheduled the matter for this coming Tuesday, June 30. According to the supervisors’ June 30 agenda, “the Director of Parks and Recreation requests that this item be referred back to the department.”
At issue is an at-risk youth program (ages 14-24) that has been funded through a county park bond and run by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority since about 1999 in East Canyon. MRCA was seeking to move the program to Johnson Park in Pico Canyon and add overnight camping.
Both canyons are in the Santa Clarita Valley west of Newhall, but unlike East Canyon, Pico Canyon is a California Historic Landmark as the home of Mentryville and California’s first commercially productive oil well. The oil well itself is also a National Historic Landmark.
At a June 3 community meeting, members of the public and the West Ranch Town Council expressed concerns about the compatibility of the program with a historic resource, and about the overall strategy for the preservation of the resource.
At the community meeting, a representative of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich told the Town Council that MRCA’s proposal to move the program would be put on hold. Tuesday’s recommended action from Parks Director Russ Guiney would do just that.