City of Thousand Oaks

by Karen Crystal

Thousand Oaks, California

Thousand Oaks began as several sleepy ranchos situated in Conejo Valley (the valley of the rabbits) of Southern California in the late 1800’s. Now with more than 125,000 residents, Thousand Oaks has been distinguished as one of the safest cities in the nation, and ranked among the top ten communities for statewide scholastic achievement. Balancing controlled growth and a mix of business, retail and industrial venues with residential areas, parks, schools and open spaces, Thousand Oaks is a pleasant place to visit, live or do business.

8160 Happy Camp

8160 Happy Camp

Halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on US 101, Thousand Oaks (91362) is a mere 12 miles inland from the Pacific coast, and 24 miles southeast of Port Hueneme, the only deep water harbor between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Thousand Oaks is situated 39 miles west of Los Angeles, on the southeastern edge of Ventura County and the western edge of Los Angeles County. The city covers 56 square miles and its elevation is 900 feet above sea level.

Thousand Oaks conducts over 3,100 recreation and leisure programs each year, under the supervision of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. The city boasts five playfields, 42 parks, including a large central park and the Thousand Oaks Library. Its seven community centers are home to the Thousand Oaks Teen and Senior Adult Centers. The District and the City of Thousand Oaks have formed the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) to preserve over 15,000 acres of open land, including 1,750 acre Wildwood Park and 110 miles of walking and hiking trails. Golfers of all levels can enjoy the newly redesigned 6,274 yard, par 70* Los Robles Golf Course.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center plays host to many concert and celebrity performances each year. Close to shopping, galleries and fine dining, the Civic Arts Center is a destination in itself.

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