Arroyo Verde Park Inclusive Play Area

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Project Background

In 2017,  Arroyo Verde Park’s main play structure was destroyed in the Thomas Fire. Rather than rebuild the same structure, the City decided to re-imagine the space and create the first fully inclusive play area in Ventura; a space where children of varying abilities could play together, where grandparents could easily interact with their grandchildren, and where the community could have fun together without barriers.

Families, community members, medical professionals, and playground manufacturers were included in the playground design conversations. Through these conversations, park designers developed an adaptive play space where children of all abilities can play together. For the past year and a half, the City of Ventura, and Ventura Community Partners Foundation have been working together to make this dream a reality.

Thanks to generous donations from community groups, residents, and local businesses, construction on the adaptive play space begins Monday, May 3, 2021. This project has been a true team effort. We cannot wait until Ventura’s first fully inclusive play area opens early 2022!

Project Updates

Throughout the construction process, we will provide project updates via social media and on this webpage.

November 14, 2021

construction site of the inclusive play area

The Inclusive Play Area at Arroyo Verde Park is progressing! Installers are continuing to work on large structural elements, and it is exciting to watch it all take shape. One of the fun details they are working on this week is the sensory wall. You might be wondering, what is a sensory wall? The sensory wall will allow contributors to be recognized by having their donor tile displayed on a textured interactive wall surface. Other remaining tasks include irrigation, trees and plants, sod installation, and the rubberized play surface.

November 30, 2021

construction of the inclusive play area structure

The inclusive play area at Arroyo Verde Park is in its final month of construction. Several project teams are working on the finishing touches simultaneously. Landscapers have been hard at work planting shade trees and surrounding shrubbery as equipment installers continue placing key elements and pouring concrete footings. The rubberized play surface's initial phase is underway, with bright nature-inspired patterns to follow.

December 21, 2021

construction of the inclusive play area structure

Finishing touches are underway on the inclusive play area at Arroyo Verde Park. Last week, the colorful play surface was added. This week, new lines are being painted in the parking lot to provide additional parking spaces for play area users, and donor tiles are being placed on the sensory wall to give recognition to those who donated to the project. Irrigation and sod will be installed soon to compliment the wonderful plants, trees, and shrubs that have already been planted.

Construction Information

For construction information, visit our Public Works City Improvement Projects (CIP) webpage.

Fundraising & Donors

Thank you to the Ventura Community Partners Foundation (VCPF) and our generous donors for making this dream a reality!

Project Concept Diagrams

Concept diagram of the Arroyo Verde Park Inclusive Play Area. Opens in new window

Surfacing diagram of the Arroyo Verde Park Inclusive Play Area.

Accessibility diagram of the Arroyo Verde Park Inclusive Play Area. Opens in new window

Overall plan view diagram of Arroyo Verde Park Inclusive Play Area.