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CALABASAS : Recreational Park to Be Improved

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The California Transportation Commission has allocated $240,000 for improving the Calabasas Creek Roadside Recreational Park east of the Leonis Adobe along the Ventura Freeway, Caltrans officials said Monday.

The park is a mostly undeveloped two-acre site near Valley Circle Boulevard, where Caltrans plans to begin a $17-million interchange reconstruction project in June.

The park enhancement funds are provided under legislation designed to pay for projects that reduce negative environmental effects caused by new transportation projects.

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The Leonis Adobe Assn. is committed to spending more than $2.5 million on the park restoration project, according to a Caltrans news release.

The new park, which will be enclosed on the north and east by a 12-foot sound wall, will be equipped with tables, benches and play structures and a bridge to nearby walking paths, the release said.

Several oak trees that will be displaced by the freeway-widening project will be replanted at the park, and the Leonis Adobe Assn. plans to build a replica of the original 1869 Calabasas jailhouse at the park, the news release said.

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