The City of Thousand Oaks is making good on a decade-old promise to help pay for a community park in the Lang Ranch area.
At its April 11 meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 to kick in $2.5 million from its general fund reserves toward the estimated $7-million cost of Sapwi Trails, a first-of-its-kind recreation area the Conejo Recreation and Park District is developing.
The city’s ring of protected open space is one big step closer to being complete.
Earlier this month, the board of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency voted to accept a donation of 82 acres from the Rasnow family of Newbury Park. The donation represents COSCA’s largest land acquisition in 15 years.
That’s what Conejo Recreation and Park District General Manager Jim Friedl told a group of residents who came to CRPD’s Jan. 19 board of directors meeting to express their frustrations with the heavy volume of visitors to the hilly open space area in northwest Thousand Oaks.
Thousand Oaks would be a much different city were it not for Frances Prince.
The visionary former councilwoman—T.O.’s first female mayor—died last week at age 79, but residents who may never have met her can feel her impact as they hike the city’s vast expanses of open space, browse titles at the city library, take in a show at the Civic Arts Plaza or simply play a game of catch at Wildflower Playfields.
After three hours of discussion—not to mention decades of public input, planning and court proceedings—Conejo Recreation and Park District has approval to develop a community park in Lang Ranch.
In a 5-0 vote Monday, the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission approved design guidelines for Sapwi Trails, the only remaining undeveloped community park in the city's master plan.