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Arroyo Verde Park Playground Design Community Outreach Meeting, January 16

(Ventura, Ca) As residents in the easy county begin their recovery process from the Woolsey Fire, Ventura is on its way to recovery from the Thomas Fire.

The City of Ventura is inviting residents of all ages to help design the new playground at Arroyo Verde Park. The park’s previous play structure was destroyed in the Thomas Fire, and the City plans to build a brand-new inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 6-7 pm, in the Wright Event Center at Ventura College, 57 Day Road, Ventura.

“Families love going to parks with innovative design features,” said Mayor Matt LaVere. “As a father of two young daughters, I am very excited about the new playground and an inclusive design that welcomes children of all abilities. I encourage both youth and adults to attend and share their ideas at the upcoming design meeting.”

Representatives from Pacific Coast Land Design and the City of Ventura will conduct the outreach meeting to collect input from the community on the design concepts for the project. The playground will incorporate various features and integrate play opportunities to create a space for all to play.  A significant portion of the project will be funded publicly to help with the cost of play space surfacing and structures needed for inclusivity.

Arroyo Verde Park, located at Foothill and Day Roads, was closed for approximately 10-weeks after the Thomas Fire to ensure safe conditions for park users. The Interpretive Center, pump house, playground, and slopes on both sides of the park were burned during the fire.

To provide input or to donate please contact Katrina Maksimuk at kmaksimuk@cityofventura.ca.gov or 805-658-4775.

More about the Thomas Fire

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Thomas Fire burned 281,893 acres and destroyed 1,063 structures. Now the 2nd largest fire in California history, it also damaged 280 structures. The fire started on December 4, 2017 and was 100% contained by March 28, 2018.

The Thomas Fire caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people and severely damaged the watershed in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The consequences of that watershed damage became immediately evident when significant rainfall on January 9th triggered debris flows and flash floods destroying 166 structures, damaging 395 more and taking 21 lives in neighboring Santa Barbara County.

Since then, local, state and federal agencies identified over 300 debris flow/flood hazards in Santa Barbara County and 460 in Ventura County. It is likely that many more hazards exist that have yet to be identified.

Despite the efforts of these agencies and other stakeholders to clear debris, plan for contingencies and implement emergency protective measures, it is unknown how many of these identified watershed hazards have been addressed.

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