History of RIVENDALE

 The Rivendale Park and Open Space was once the home of Dorothy & Jerry Arnett, 272 spread in Towsley Canyon. Eventually Ernie and Maryann NaQuin moved their horse ranch to the site and built a world-class Equestrian Center.  Dorothy, an avid bookworm and J.R.R. Tolkien fan, name the ranch Rivendale, a derivation of the famous elfin dell.   The site was sold in 1983, and changed hands a number of times, until 1991 when the City of Santa Clarita bought the front 60 acres to block entrance to proposed landfill deeper in Towsley Canyon.  

In 1994, the earthquake ruined the horse stalls and lodge.  Though Towsley Canyon is an extremely popular hiking location, the Rivendale site was used solely as parking to the trails. In 20010, the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival performed the first Shakespeare in the Park performance (The Tempest) on the Rivendale site, at what was the main ring of the Equestrian center..  Because of the work of SCSF, The City of Santa Clarita undertook a Master Planning process for the Rivendale Site, and in December 2013 approved the Master Plan Concept for the Rivendale Park and Open Space, which includes a cultural-education center, expanded parking, festival space, and a performance site.  In Spring of 2016, The City of Santa Clarita demolished the red-tagged stalls and buildings on the site and created an additional parking lot.

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 The LA SummerFEST is an eclectic summer cultural festival for the entire festival.  Produce and presented by the Santa Clarita Shakespeare, the LA SummerFEST is an outgrowth of the annual Shakespeare in the Park series.

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