Healing Garden at Conejo Creek North Park
Project Completion Video
The Healing Garden project has been completed and was dedicated on November 7, 2019, the one year anniversary of the Borderline shooting.
Through the tragic shooting incident of November 7, 2018, where 12 lives were taken, and 248 survived, the Healing Garden was conceived. The result is a shared vision between the City of Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Conejo Recreation and Park District of space for all community members, to assist healing and to provide a place for contemplation, meditation, and prayer. The natural setting through the use of water, foliage, and stone is designed to relieve, engross, and comfort our community.
The Healing Garden is in a central location in Thousand Oaks, at its most popular park, Conejo Creek North (behind the Thousand Oaks Library). The park’s upper pond supplies an anchoring component to the space, with mature specimen Oaks providing a screen from other park activities, while preserving a strong linkage from the pond to existing park walkways and community gathering areas.
The Borderline twelve are represented by a fountain feature with twelve vertical jets centered in the existing pond which signifies the broader community. The water feature is one of three main elements of the healing space. A passive contemplation area is provided to the South of the pond with peaceful shoreline seating divided by simplistic landscaping surrounding the space to create a unique outdoor room, that offers various foliage and flowering plant material. Plant species were selected to complement existing plant selections while inviting wildlife such as butterflies and birds. Embodying the natural surroundings of the region, a large specimen Oak will be planted bordering the garden area that provides additional canopy. One natural boulder will be centered at the shoreline plaza entry and will introduce visitors to the Healing Garden.
Additionally, the Borderline twelve will be signified by twelve large natural granite stone slab benches located along the plaza connecting the shoreline of the pond to an existing walkway. The granite materials were hand-selected to represent the strength of our community. The plaza paving is a linear concrete paver that runs parallel with the granite bench orientation that directs a visitor’s vision to the pond element. The pavers will be a blend of several colors mirroring that of the granite stone. A unique color will designate two hundred forty-eight pavers in the scheme representing the number of survivors from that tragic night.
To the North, the active existing Lakeside Pavilion provides space for community events and other gatherings. Augmenting and providing additional structure to the existing stage at the pavilion will be a series of natural granite boulder massings, totaling twelve boulders in number. One of the boulders will overlook the pond feature and will introduce visitors to the Healing Garden.
Flower & Memento Policy
The Conejo Recreation and Park District allows a limited and regular placement of acceptable flowers and other mementos within the confines of the Healing Garden's south area. Anything left at the Healing Garden will be collected and discarded every Thursday to maintain a clean, safe, and aesthetically pleasing experience for all and to allow for the maintenance of the area. Flowers and mementos that are considered hazardous, inappropriate and inconsistent with the Healing Garden and a public park are prohibited and will be removed immediately.
Click here to view the full policy. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Conejo Recreation and Park District at 805-495-6471.
Construction Updates and Photos
Week of November 4, 2019
Survivors, victims' families, and first responders were invited to participate in the laying of the remaining 248 unique color pavers representing the survivors within the shoreline plaza. Plaques have been installed and minor project cleanup remains in preparation for the dedication ceremony.
Week of October 28. 2019
Landscaping has been completed. The plaques and final details of the paver plaza are being prepared for installation.
Week of October 21, 2019
Final landscaping is being installed in the garden area. Decomposed granite seating areas and pathways are being prepared for installation. Final fountain adjustments are in place.
Week of October 14, 2019
Pavilion stage boulders have been set and grouted with concrete matching existing paving. Planting and irrigation continue at the garden area.
Week of September 23, 2019
The paver area concrete banding was installed. Paver materials have been delivered and are being prepared for installation.
Week of September 16, 2019
Garden area and materials are being prepared for installation. A 110-ton crane installed a 23’ tall specimen Oak tree along with (12) granite slab benches, averaging 5,500 lbs. each.
Week of September 9, 2019
Granite slab benches are being prepared for delivery as work begins on-site with grading and construction layout.
A large specimen oak has been selected for the site and the granite slabs are being cut.
On June 25, 2019, the City of Thousand Oaks approved a grant agreement with Conejo Recreation and Park District for $250,000 to provide funding for the construction of the Healing Garden.