SIMI VALLEY : Corriganville Annexation OKd

A Ventura County planning agency has approved Simi Valley's request to annex a 183-acre parcel, once the site of the Corriganville movie ranch, that it wants to develop into a park to serve the east end of the city.

The Local Agency Formation Commission unanimously endorsed the proposal at its meeting Wednesday.

The city is expected to formally take over the property within the next 60 days, said Brian Gabler, assistant to City Manager Lin Koester.

The property is located east of Kuehner Drive between the Simi Valley Freeway and Southern Pacific railroad tracks. The land was purchased jointly by the city and the Rancho Simi Park District in 1988.

Plans call for the land to be developed as a regional park that will include a visitors center, picnic areas and playgrounds, as well as hiking and equestrian trails.

The property was once the site of a movie ranch owned by the late Hollywood stuntman Ray "Crash" Corrigan. The ranch, known simply as Corriganville, was destroyed by fire in 1965. The remains of the old movie sets will be preserved in the park.

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