Ventura River Trail Improvements

About

The Ventura River Trail Improvement Project seeks to renovate approximately 1.8-miles of the existing trail, from the Rex/Dubbers trail beginning at the southern limits to the City of Ventura limits, near Sycamore Village, on the north end. 

Funded by the Clean California Local Grant Program (CCLGP) for a total of nearly $5 million, this project will fund infrastructure improvements like repaving the trail, adding a comprehensive wayfinding and signage program, improving accessibility at key locations, adding solar lighting, and other various beautification and urban greening elements to help fill a growing need to provide improvements for this aging trail.

Public Art Mural - RFP

As part of this project, the City is currently seeking California-based artists or artist teams to submit proposals to create and install a mural at the Ventura River Floodwall along the Ventura River Trail. Applications are due by February 8, 2024 and available online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/PublicArtOpportunities.

Community Survey and Workshop

On December 6, 2022, Pacific Coast Land Design (PCLD) led a community workshop at the Westpark Community Center to determine what design ideas community members desired for the Ventura River Trail Improvement Project. Attendees were encouraged to participate in four activities throughout the workshop.  

Find below the compiled results from both the in-person community workshop and 300+ online surveys we received and have displayed the high-level takeaways below. Download the results details.

Important upcoming dates: 

  • March 1, 2023: Westside Community Council 
  • March 8, 2023: Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 
  • Early Summer 2023: Bids opening 
  • Fall 2023: Construction scheduled to begin
  • Summer 2024: Grand opening 
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Email Interest List

Register for Ventura River Trail Improvement Project Updates and information.

Project background

Originally constructed as a rails-to-trails amenity in the late 1990s, the Ventura River Trail hugs State Route 33 and the east bank of the Ventura River, forming the western boundary of Ventura’s Westside neighborhood. Along the 1.8-mile City of Ventura stretch of the trail is a mix of residential, industrial, educational, and park land uses.

Ventura River Trail Project Map

Community Workshop Recording

December 6, 2022 

  1. Project goals
  2. Grant information
  3. Community partners
  • To reduce the amount of waste and debris within public rights-of-way, pathways, parks, transit centers, and other public spaces.
  • To enhance, rehabilitate, restore, or install measures to beautify and improve public spaces.
  • To enhance public health, cultural connection, and community placemaking by improving public spaces for walking and recreation
  • Advance equity for underserved communities.
  • Greening to provide shade, reduce the urban island effect, and use native, low-water plants

Renderings of Improvements - courtesy of PCLD

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Community Bike Ride Event Video