Oak Park, California
Oak Park is an affluent, unincorporated area of Ventura County located immediately north of Agoura Hills and just to the east of the exclusive North Ranch area of Westlake Village in the Conejo Valley. The Cheeseboro Canyon and Palo Comado Canyon are to the immediate east of Oak Park. The Oak Park School District is considered to be among the best school districts in the United States.
Oak Park is primarily a residential community, but borders the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area which is to the north and east. Simi Peak, the highest peak in the Simi Hills, is directly north of Oak Park. It stands at 2,403 feet. Major employment centers are located within 15 to 30 minutes driving time in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and the San Fernando Valley.
Oak Park Open Space
Oak Park Open Space commonly refers to the open space wilderness preserve located adjacent to and north of the Agoura Hills Open Space, making it one large permanently protected area consisting of rolling hills. The space is further subdivided into the Rock Ridge Open Space, the Sunrise Meadows Open Space and the Wistful Vista Open Space. The Oak Park Open Space is located adjacent to Medea Park and Medea Creek, within the community of Oak Park which is an unincorporated area in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. The joint area serves as a habitat for rabbits, and other wildlife, including coyotes from time to time. In addition, the area provides nesting areas for various types of birds native to the Conejo Valley.
Oak Park Wildlife Corridor
The Oak Park Open Space together with the Simi Hills to the north are part of an important wildlife corridor that links the Santa Monica Mountains to the Santa Susana Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. Without the corridor, many animals would have difficulty finding others of the same species for mating purposes, leading to the possible extinction of those species.
China Flat is a 1,100 acre plateau and meadow in the northern Simi Hills located north of Oak Park and Agoura Hills in Ventura County, just below Simi Peak which is the highest point in the Simi Hills. The flat is located at about 2,000 feet above sea level and is protected within the Cheeseboro Canyon / Palo Comado Canyon Open Space park which is within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Trails reach China Flat from trailheads in the Conejo Valley, Calabasas, the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, and the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. The trail to the summit of Simi Peak passes through China Flat. The name is derived from the fact that Chinese railroad workers built an encampment there in the 1890s when they were not permitted to own land or become citizens.
Oak Park Community Center and Gardens
The Oak Park Community Center and Gardens consists of an indoor gymnasium, recreation room, 2,500 square foot banquet room with a capacity of 140, nature center, waterfall, pond, gazebo, and rest rooms. It is available for rent by the public and is located in Oak Park, Ventura County.
Community Foundation for Oak Park
The Community Foundation for Oak Park, established in 1979, supports community projects and programs by acting as a governing body and tax-exempt umbrella for various groups. More than half of the funds raised are spent in support of the students of the Oak Park Unified School District and more than half of the volunteers are involved in school related programs. Other funds are used to support Friends of the Oak Park Library and the Community Emergency Response Team.
Valley View Park
Valley View Park is a 8.3 acre neighborhood park in Oak Park featuring soccer fields, a lighted basketball court, lighted baseball field, uncovered picnic tables, restrooms, two children's play areas, and lots of beautiful open space. The park is surrounded by great mountain views.
Indian Springs Park
Indian Springs Park is a neighborhood park in Oak Park featuring covered and uncovered picnic tables, two tennis courts, soccer fields, two children's play areas, a baseball field, basketball court, fitness track, volleyball courts, restrooms, and a recreation building. The park is surrounded by mountain views.
Deerhill Park is a neighborhood park in Oak Park, Ventura County. The park features tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field, soccer field, covered picnic tables, restrooms, a large children's play area, and plenty of trees and open space.
Mae Boyar Park
Mae Boyar Park is a neighborhood park in Oak Park, just north of Agoura Hills. The park features tennis courts, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, two children's play areas, picnic tables, barbeques, restrooms, and plenty of open space.
Oak Park Community Garden
Oak Park Community Garden is a community garden administered by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. The site has been divided into separate parcels that are allocated to residents who can grow vegetables and/or flowers of their choice. The Oak Park Community Garden is a committee of the Community Foundation for Oak Park, a tax-exempt, public benefit charity.
Eagle View Park
Eagle View Park is a neighborhood park in the northern part of Oak Park, Ventura County located east of Lindero Canyon Road and north of Kanan Road. The park, which is maintained by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, features hiking trails, a bicycle path, lagoon and stream, picnic tables, two children’s play areas, a basketball court, and lots of shade trees and open space. The park is surrounded by hills and open space and offers great views.
Golden Eagle Trail
Golden Eagle Trail is a 2.44 mile hiking trail in Oak Park, California which is in Ventura County just north of Agoura Hills and east of Westlake Village and North Ranch. The trail is a partial loop running from its northern point at Golden Eagle Drive, just east of Lindero Canyon Road, southwest to a point just north of Kanan Road at Oak Hills Drive. A portion of the trail runs through Oak Canyon Community Park which is at the southern edge of the Simi Hills.
Oak Park Library - Ventura County Library
The Oak Park Library is located at 899 North Kanan Road in Oak Park adjacent to the Oak Park High School campus and Medea Creek Natural Park, often referred to as Medea Creek Park. Oak Park Library is part of the Ventura County Library system.
Medea Creek Natural Park
Medea Creek Park is located at Conifer and N. Media Creek Lane in Oak Park just south of the Oak Park Library and Oak Park High School, and north of Chaparral Park. The park features a hiking trail and fitness circuit, and plenty of mature shade trees and open space. The park offers great views of the hills surrounding Oak Park.
Medea Creek is a small creek that originates in the Simi Hills north of Oak Park in Ventura County. The creek flows south through Medea Creek Natural Park in Oak Park and then south through Agoura Hills, past Chumash Park and then further south through Malibu Junction into unincorporated Agoura. It then flows south into Malibou Lake which is a man-made lake located in the Santa Monica Mountains near Paramount Ranch. Any overflow from Malibou Lake flows into Malibu Creek and eventually into Malibu Lagoon which is part of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Malibou Lake is not spelled like the name of the creek and city.
Chaparral Park is located south of Medea Creek Park and east of the Oak Park Open Space Preserve. The park features uncovered picnic tables, barbeques, a children’s play area, a tot lot, and lots of shade trees and open space. The park offers beautiful views of the hills surrounding Oak Park.
Rancho Las Virgenes
Rancho Las Virgenes was the 17,760 acre Spanish land grant given in 1802 that included present day Oak Park, Agoura Hills, part of Westlake Village, and a portion of the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. The Reyes Adobe, a historical site, built in 1845, is located in Agoura Hills. It is the oldest structure remaining in the Rancho Las Virgenes.