2012-05-31 / Community
Full day of events planned for grand opening of new NPS visitor center
The National Park Service will open its new interagency visitor center in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) on Sat., June 9 at King Gillette Ranch in the mountains near Calabasas.
The building provides a unified home for the local, state and federal park system for SMMNRA’s 35-million annual visitors.
Named for the congressman who introduced legislation to create the recreation area in 1978, the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center will be jointly managed by the National Park Service, California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
The new facility replaces the existing Park Service visitor center on Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.
Beilenson, along with other elected offi cials, will attend the grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9.
The public is invited to tour the facilities and take part in a variety of ranger-led activities suitable for all ages.
The 588-acre King Gillette Ranch is at the confluence of five major tributaries. Its meadows and ridgelines serve as a wildlife corridor in the geographic center of the range. The ranch includes the 1928 mansion designed by Wallace Neff for razor magnate King C. Gillette.