Ojai parks are an indication of what is important to this community. They send a clear message that this is a neighborly place and that the residents enjoy coming together.
History of Libbey Park
Libbey Park, formerly known as Civic Center Park, was first purchased for $7,500 and then developed by Ojai’s Greatest Benefactor, Edward Libbey, of Toledo, Ohio.
On April 7, 1917, Mr. Libbey donated the park to the Ojai Civic Association, which raised the money from the rental of the Post Office building to maintain the park and the buildings connected to it. The Ojai Civic Association eventually signed over the deed making the City of Ojai owner and protector of the downtown park as of March 2, 1971, with the stipulation that the land continue to be used as a park and not for any other purposes. The city resolved to call the gift, Libbey Park, in honor of the man that had done so much for the city.
This beautiful park located in downtown Ojai offers quiet places for relaxation, a new playground for the tots and teenagers, tennis courts, a community bandstand and the renown Libbey Bowl, site of the Ojai Music Festival and many other events. Each year Libbey Park hosts “The Ojai,” the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the USA. A favorite gathering spot for residents, and a must-see site for visitors, Libbey Park is one of Ojai’s gems. Libbey Park is also home of the Sound Arch, a unique interactive sculpture designed by Trimpin, a Seattle-based artist. The Sound Arch was dedicated in 2011 as the public art piece for the restored Libbey Bowl. Libbey Bowl was entirely rebuilt in 2011, opening in time for the 2011 Ojai Music Festival.
Sarzotti Park is home to the Ojai Recreation Department and the site of many of Ojai’s recreation programs. The park includes the Boyd Center, the John G. Martin gymnasium and two Picnic Areas that are available to rent for special occasions. Sarzotti Park is also home to two ballfields with year-round softball, soccer and volley ball activities. Use of the fields is heavy and often accompanied by many spectators all around the year. In 2005, a new backstop building and restrooms were constructed for the ballfields. Drop in basketball, gymnastics and many other activities take place in the gymnasium. A fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment and free weights is also available at the Boyd Center. Baseball fields, horseshoe pits, a concession stand, a playground, and Oak shaded open space beckon people of all ages to enjoy the recreational opportunities at Sarzotti Park that has been renovated in 2017!
For more information about activities and renting the fields or the picnic areas, call the Ojai Recreation Department at: (805) 646-5581 Ext-390.
Nestled amongst the majestic Topa Topa mountain range, this charming 223 acre park offers open grasslands with mature shade trees throughout. The quiet and serene setting is perfect for daytime group events with large covered picnic areas and a variety of activities available. A new Dog Park is situated on 1 acre of land within Soule Park that offers separate fenced areas for large and small dogs. The park is located in the heart of the Ojai Valley right next to the Soule Park Golf Course.
The San Antonio Creek flows through this beautiful, lush park. There are an ample number of mature shade trees throughout. The campground is ideal for group camping and the spacious, newly renovated clubhouse is perfect for parties, reunions, company picnics, weddings, birthday parties, etc. Camp Comfort is approximately 1 mile from downtown Ojai.
Cluff Vista Park occupies a triangle of land in the midst of Ojai. Once the site of a gas station, then an abandoned lot for many years, Ojai's citizens were delighted when the property was purchased by the Cluff family. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy raised funds to landscape the park which won an award for Tom Bostrom & Associates Landscaping in 2005. A huge stone monolith, fountain and lovely pergola are featured in this park that offers native landscaping. If you've only driven by, you are missing a treat; stop by and view the park from its interior and you will be enchanted!
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