Damaged park slated to reopen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The park, at 4651 Tapo Canyon Road in the Santa Susana Mountains, was acquired by the county in the late 1960s. But it was closed after fire gutted the restrooms, equestrian center, parking lot and caused major flooding. “It was completely destroyed, but we will have a very beautiful facility out there once everything is complete,” said Theresa Lubin, program administrator for the parks department. Although the camp will be usable next month, officials said, upgrades such as the addition of more than a dozen fully functional campsites and a new amphitheater could take months to complete. There are no plans to rebuild the equestrian arena. Mike Smith, market area general manager for Waste Management/GI Industries, said their work should be completed in one weekend. “We just want to get the facility up and running,” he said. “We think this will be a good community project.” Their tasks includes clearing and removing debris, removing piles of sand and gravel, cleaning the parking lot and road, and clearing weeds and brush. Waste Management also intends to help repair the irrigation system and install trees. The park contains the remains of the Tapo Adobe Home, which was part of the El Rancho Simi, which was owned in the 1700s by the Pico family and in the 1800s by the De La Guerra family. The Tapo area was known for its vineyards, which produced quality wines and brandy. According to historians, the two-story Tapo Adobe was approximately 20-by-80-feet, with two large bedrooms, a kitchen and dining room, as well as a wine room. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – A Ventura County park closed since the fires and floods of 2003 is expected to reopen in January, officials said. Tapo Canyon Park, the site of the historic Tapo Adobe, will be renovated with a $700,000 face-lift by the county, along with help from Waste Management, which recently “adopted” the 211-acre park. “The county has not been able to repair the park up to this date,” said Jarrod DeGonia, aide to Supervisor Judy Mikels, who represents Simi Valley. “Even though it will take some time to fully rehabilitate the park, this allows us to open the park much earlier. “We don’t want to just re-open the park, but make it a better park.” last_img