Q: What is the Conejo Recreation & Park Community Conversation?
A: The Conejo Recreation & Park District’s (CRPD) mission is to enrich the quality of life for our community by preserving and enhancing recreation, parks and open space for the 140,000 Conejo Valley residents we serve. After nearly 60 years, we continue to contribute to the health, safety and well-being of our community with open spaces and places to recreate, build community, learn and be active. We need to hear from the community about their priorities to maintain this mission as we plan.
Q: How does CRPD contribute to public safety?
A: We serve as community hubs and emergency centers, as a safe space for children to learn, as a place for seniors to congregate, and much more. As evidenced by the Springs, Woolsey, Hill and Erbes fires; fire season is now year-round in Thousand Oaks and we all need to remain focused on wildfire prevention and mitigation efforts. We are committed to doing our part to reduce the risk of wildfire in our area by maintaining defensible space as recommended by local fire authorities and helping ensure there is an adequate number of rangers available to patrol trails and open space for early warning signs.
Q: How does CRPD promote community health in Conejo Valley?
A: Studies have shown that participating in outdoor recreational activities has various mental and physical health benefits to people of all ages. CRPD cares for over 50 local parks, 8 community centers, and over 150 miles of open-space trails in the Thousand Oaks area. We need to continue to maintain our local parks, trails, and open spaces, upgrade recreational spaces, and expand recreation opportunities to keep our community fit and healthy.
Q: How does CRPD keep kids and youth safe?
A: More than 15,000 kids in our area participate in Conejo Recreation and Parks District supervised youth sports and recreation programs, after school programs including tutoring, anti-bullying, and anti-gang programs. These programs help keep all children, including those at-risk, off the streets, safe, and out of trouble. We need to maintain these programs and expand opportunities for other local children to get involved.
Q: What are other Recreation & Park needs?
A: We need to:
- Be prepared for and respond to emergencies and wildfires
- Remove dead trees and dried brush that increase fire risk
- Continue to ensure safe places for children to play and learn
- Protect natural areas
- Help address homelessness in local parks
Q: What is CRPD doing to address these needs?
A: We are engaging the community about its views and priorities for addressing park and recreation needs. Please join the conversation.
Q: How can I provide my feedback?
A: CRPD is committed to a responsible solution to addressing the community’s needs and priorities. That’s why we want to hear from as many residents as possible about maintaining recreation, health and safety in the Conejo Valley. Please provide us YOUR feedback (link to online feedback form – text content below) today.
For more information, to request a community presentation for your organization, or if you have a specific question, please contact Conejo Recreation & Park District at 805-381-2735 or email CRPDConversation@crpd.org