Park Planning

Parks make life better, providing greenspace and relief from the developed areas around town, shade trees and open spaces for those seeking solace, and amenities for recreation and activities. Many parks are the focal point or primary gathering place for a neighborhood. Many happy memories are made at parks. But parks don’t just happen. They have to be planned for, designed and built. How many parks does a community need? Where should they be located? What amenities should they include? Park planners and landscape architects often assume the creative and…

Review of 2020 with CRPD: New Challenges, New Approaches

The year 2020 began with the anticipation of another great year for the Conejo Recreation and Park District and Conejo Valley residents, with a full schedule of recreational programs, events, and gatherings—many of the time-tested favorites, along with a few new offerings. That quickly changed in the spring, as public health orders forced size reductions or eliminations of many programs and events. Classes and reservations were canceled, and fees were refunded as well.  Shortly thereafter, the summer schedule was drastically cut, and staffing was reduced accordingly. The public health orders…

COSCA: Preserving the Beauty of the Conejo Valley

A beautiful ring of green hillsides surrounds the valley in which we live. Although the valley floor is now covered with houses and businesses, at one time it was more like a savannah, characterized by grass, grazing livestock, and oak trees, with stream channels traversing it—particularly, the main Arroyo Conejo and its north and south branches.  While the appearance of our area has changed significantly over the years, many acres of undeveloped hillsides and open space remain intact.  For that, we can thank the foresight of local citizens, large property…

Importance of Voting in Your Local Elections

The 2020 election is one of the most important elections of our lifetime! Presidential General Elections are usually highly emotional and generate many lively conversations around the workplace “water cooler.” The political party platforms and campaign promises give us many topics to discuss and debate. Unfortunately, this year, with many folks working at home, the “conversations” have been occurring more through social media and less out in the public square. When the national and state races heat up, particularly as the election date draws near, the attention they demand leaves…

Upholding the Oath of Office

On December 6, 2018, I took an oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”…

The Conejo Valley’s trials and recreational facilities. FAQ

Our community has been blessed with many excellent natural resources and recreational facilities. Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 crackdown, access to some of the facilities has been limited.  Many people have questions regarding availability and future plans of the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) and the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) facilities. Some of the answers are addressed below. Why has access to Paradise Falls been closed? During the Memorial Day weekend, the Paradise Falls area of Wildwood Park was inundated with record crowds that compromised the sensitive habitat…

Spring: Time to Get Outdoors

Lake Eleanor - CRPD

By Doug Nickles [Note: While writing this article, the rules and guidelines implemented, due to the Covid-19 virus, changed daily. Please observe all applicable guidelines when outdoors, to keep yourself and others safe. Latest update is that the trails are open again, as of April 22, 2020.] We often talk about it, wish we had more time to execute it, relish the days we indulge in it and often, make some of our best memories when we succeed in accomplishing it. Think for a moment…back to a day that brings…