ATHLETIC FEDERATION HONORS CENTER PARK SPORTS FACILITY WINS AWARD.
SANTA CLARITA - The city's new Central Park has been recognized as an Outstanding Sports Facility by the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation.
Not only did the four softball and four multi-use fields draw the attention of the professional parks and recreation organization, judges were impressed by the overall design as well as the partnership that built the park, said Susan Andrade-Wax, recreation supervisor for Santa Clarita.
The best part about the award, Andrade-Wax said, was that the city didn't even apply for it. The federation heard about the sprawling Bouquet Canyon Road park and nominated it independently.
``The day before the awards, they called and asked for some slides - and we thought it was a mistake,'' she said. ``They thought the facility warranted a special award and awarded us one. It is pretty wonderful.''
``It's outstanding. How often do you win an award that you didn't apply for?'' said Tymeri Cuervo, a recreation coordinator for the city. ``We were all scratching our heads (saying). ... Did you apply? No, I didn't, did you?''
Central Park opened earlier this year on acreage owned by the Castaic Lake Water Agency. A community advisory panel helped plan the amenities and top architects were hired to design the park. The athletic federation noted the park's innovative design and use of land in announcing the award earlier this month at an industry conference in Escondido.
``They said it was not only beautiful, it was usable,'' Andrade-Wax said.
Attributes that were noted included ample parking, the central location, future plans and overall ambience in the foothill location.
The federation also awarded its Most Innovative Sports Program recognition to the city for a skate park demonstration offered at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, also new and undergoing expansion.
(1) Santa Clarita's Center Park recently received an unsolicited athletic federation award for use of land and innovative design.
(2) Center Park in Santa Clarita is a well-designed recreational facility with four softball diamonds plus four multi-use fields.
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