The Ventura City Council plans to discuss a staff reporton the proposed park on Kellog Avenue on August 6, 2012. City staff recommend:
a. Support the expansion of parks and recreation space and facilities on Ventura’s Westside by directing staff to:
1. Continue to explore purchase of the Kellogg Avenue site for a family park by expending up to $600,000 of City funds while working to secure the remainder of funds through grants;
2. Reconvene the Westside Pool Task Force in 2013 to explore the redesign of the pool, identify funding sources, and explore operating models; and
3. Continue to secure funds to improve the Westpark Community Center and park.
b. Consider partnering with the Trust for Public Land on the acquisition and design of the Kellogg Avenue site.
Diverse community allies including CAUSE/VAULT, Westside Residents Council, The City Project and others support the creation of the Kellogg Park, and are working to identify funding.
While the city of Ventura as a whole provides a significant amount of park and recreation space, a closer look at the Westside shows that this neighborhood is severely lacking in parks and recreation venues. According to data from the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 13,700 people live on the Westside. A recent draft environmental impact report identifies three existing parks in the area, Westpark Community Center and Park, Harry A. Lyon Park, and Grant Park. Cumulatively these three parks provide approximately 20.5 acres of park space. This equates to approximately 1.5 park acres per thousand residents, far below the city standard of 10 acres per thousand residents.
Because of its location, the Westside is largely isolated from other city parks and recreational facilities. This is particularly true for people that do not have access to a car, as is the case for many people on the Westside. The high development density on the Westside relative to the rest of the city exacerbates the lack of access to public park space because there is also a lack of private yards and open spaces.
We encourage the City of Ventura to develop additional parks and recreational facilities on the Westside to meet the needs the community’s residents.
Click here for the city staff report regarding the Ventura Westside Park Council Resolution 08.06.2012
Click here for the City Project’s January 2012 public comments, including the recommendation to create the Kellogg park.
Click here to see The City Project’s policy report and maps on Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Green Access and Equity for Ventura County in English.