Camarillo Grove Park New Playground and Hiking Trail Re-Opening in Early October

New playground equipment has been ordered and will be installed in September at Camarillo Grove Park, 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road in Camarillo. Construction is estimated to be complete in early October.

The Hill Fire of November 2018 raged through this park and destroyed the old playground, so it had to be completely removed. The fire also ravaged large sections of hiking trails and made them unsafe for the public to use. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District has been working with FEMA to obtain additional funds to fix all the damage so that the entire park can be safely reopened to the public. The upper hiking trail loop has been closed for maintenance and should be re-opened by early September.

Camarillo Grove Park, a former stagecoach stop and home to the oldest tree in the district, is nestled in a rustic setting near the base of the Conejo Grade at the end of Camarillo Springs Road. The park has five areas that can be rented for groups and events ranging from 50 to 350 people, a perfect spot for weddings, birthday parties, charity events, anniversary parties, corporate and team building events, school field trips and more! Contact the District at 805-482-1996 for rental information.

Here’s a mockup of the type of playground going into Camarillo Grove Park.

Here’s a mockup of the type of playground going into Camarillo Grove Park.

City of Camarillo Provides Free Trolley Bus Service Seven Days a Week

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The City of Camarillo provides free trolley bus service Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

The service provides convenient, air-conditioned, nostalgic transportation to Camarillo retail and dining destinations. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are provided.

The trolley bus route starts at the Metrolink train station, runs west on Daily Drive, south down Las Posas Road, and then east on Ventura Boulevard back to the Metrolink station. Here are the stops and the minutes the trolley reaches each stop after each hour and half hour:

  • Metrolink (Camarillo Train Station) (0 min)

  • Ponderosa Center (next to 99 Cent Store) (4 min)

  • Camarillo Plaza (Daily Dr west of Murray Ave) (7 min)

  • Carmen Plaza (Daily and Carmen) (9 min)

  • Las Posas Plaza (Daily and Calle La Roda) (11 min)

  • Camarillo Town Center (between Ross and Walmart) (17 min)

  • Premium Outlets Promenade (Ventura Blvd) (20 min)

  • Premium Outlets Main Court (Ventura Blvd and Camarillo Center Dr) (22 min)

  • Old Town (Ventura Blvd and Fir St) (27 min)

  • Dizdar Park and Camarillo Chamber (29 min)

  • Metrolink (30 min)

The trolley stops at shopping centers all along the route on a 30 minute schedule. Riders can also flag down the trolley to board anywhere along the route.

Where IS the trolley at any given point in time!? Well you can get that answer on the Trolley Tracker at www.camarillotrolley.com. How cool is that?

Call 805.988-4CAT for more information.

www.cityofcamarillo.org/residents/public_transportation/camarillo_trolley2.php

Schools in Conejo Valley, Oak Park and Las Virgenes School Districts to Close through Thanksgiving Break as a Result of Wildfires

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All schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, Las Virgenes Unified School District and Oak Park Unified School District will be closed through the Thanksgiving holiday. The districts anticipate re-opening schools the morning of Monday, November 26th. This is to provide time to make need repairs and cleaning resulting from the Hill and Woolsey wildfires.

www.vcoe.org

Community resources and Q&A from the CVUSD

City of Thousand Oaks to Construct "Forestry Demonstration Sites" in Fall 2018

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The City of Thousand Oaks is constructing five landscape “Forestry Demonstration Sites” throughout the city starting in the Fall of 2018 through early 2019. Specific site locations will be published by the city at www.toaks.org/forestry.

Each site will be visually appealing, water friendly and drought tolerant. The first of these sties is located on Lynn Road in Newbury Park, between Via Las Brisas and Via Goleta (near the entrance to Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa).

Photo of Lynn Road Demonstration Site Location (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks)

Photo of Lynn Road Demonstration Site Location (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks)

Mock-up of Lynn Road site after new landscaping is planted. (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks)

Mock-up of Lynn Road site after new landscaping is planted. (Photo Credit: City of Thousand Oaks)

Sapwi Trails Community Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Thousand Oaks on September 22nd

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The Conejo Recreation and Park District announces its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Sapwi Trails Community Park on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 am to noon.

This 145 acre park is located in the open space between Erbes Road (at Scenicpark Street) on the west and Westlake Boulevard east, with Avenida de los Arboles on the north.

The park has numerous features, including disc golf course, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, playground, bike park, terraced areas with picnic benches and more.

The park will not have irrigated turf.

More information at www.crpd.org/sapwi.

Banyan Neighborhood Park Expansion Project Ribbon Cutting in Newbury Park on February 24th

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Banyan Neighborhood Park at 3605 Erinlea Avenue in Newbury Park has been expanded over recent months to expand and beautify the park, including meadows, walking paths, shade structures and more. The park will open within a few days into February. A ribbon cutting event will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 10 a.m. Contact CRPD for more information at www.crpd.org.

Miller Family YMCA Building in Newbury Park Sold; Will Become New Home to Local Church

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Today the Thousand Oaks Acorn announced that the Miller Family YMCA in Newbury Park will be closing its doors at the end of 2017 after years of incurring financial losses. Earlier this year, a Texas based non-profit purchased the 2.4 acre property as the future home for the local Godspeak Calvary Chapel. Read more at THIS LINK.

According to a letter sent to its members (courtesy of Huggins Homes Real Estate via Instagram), the Miller Y made the difficult decision to close after a year of analysis and incurring an average operating loss of $100,000 annually for 10 years. Members will be able to transfer memberships to either the Conejo Valley or Simi Valley YMCAs effective January 1, 2018.

Ventura County Library Opens New Location on Hill Road in Ventura on December 3rd

On December 3, 2017, a new branch of the Ventura County Library is opening on Hill Road across from the Ventura County Government Center. The 5,100 square foot facility is ideally suited for library services on the east side of Ventura. Hill Road Library is within walking distance of several schools and residential areas, is conveniently located on a bus route, and will provide a well-lit parking lot.

Hill Road Library will feature traditional library hours and services such as adult literacy tutoring, early childhood literacy classes, training classes, and a collection of print materials. The Hill Road Library will also make use of technology to expand services, including laptop computers available for check-out for use in the library and high speed internet access. Makerspace equipment like a 3D printer and desktop CNC carver machine will also be featured.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved ongoing funds in the amount of $250,000 to operate the new library, while the City of Ventura approved $50,000 annually that will allow for an additional 16 open hours per week.  The City also provided $25,000 for one-time capital expenditures.  The Ventura Friends of the Library raised and contributed $200,000, much of which came from used book sales to local residents. 

Come see the new library for yourself at the grand opening event: Sunday, December 3rd from 12 noon to 2pm.  Don’t miss the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:30pm!  Enjoy BBQ compliments of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club and music from Rubicon Harmonix.

The Hill Road Library is located at 1050 Hill Road in Ventura. Beginning December 3, 2017, hours of service are Monday through Wednesdays, 10am to 6pm; Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm; Fridays through Sundays, 10am to 2pm.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.