Oak Park, California
Oak Park is an unincorporated community in Ventura County, United States. When developed in the Simi Hills in the late 1960s, a single road provided the only access to the community from Agoura Hills, California, in neighboring Los Angeles County; as of the 2010 census, Oak Park had a population of 14,266, down from 14,625 at the 2000 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Oak Park as a census-designated place; the census definition of the area may not correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. Oak Park is the biggest unincorporated community in Ventura County. Residents of the community have through votes declined to set up an independent city, declined to be annexed into neighboring Thousand Oaks. Oak Park has had human occupation from about 5500 B. C. to the present day. It lies within a zone including inland Chumash Indians. Indians camped throughout the area as they collected acorns and other food; the sites in the area include smaller camps and several rock shelters.
Chumash people lived here for thousands of years prior to European contact. They lived off of trading and hunting; the Chumash settled in Oak Park due to an abundance of natural resources, including fresh water and rabbit-hunting. It is one of the oldest occupied places in California; the location of Oak Park was part of Rancho Simi, a Spanish land concession in Alta California given in 1795 to Francisco Javier Pico, a soldier of the Santa Barbara company, his two brothers, Patricio Pico and Miguel Pico by the Spanish government. Lindero Canyon Road follows the western border-line of the land grant. Throughout the 20th century, studios used the area in particular westerns. Movies filmed locally include The Red A Walk in the Sun. Oak Park was formed from ranchland owned by Jim and Marian Jordan, stars of the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly; the land was purchased by Metropolitan Development Corporation in the 1960s. Homes were developed starting in the late 1960s. Kanan-Dume Road was the only access road to the community, from Agoura Hills, California, in neighboring Los Angeles County.
As such, the community was served by police and firefighters based in the nearest Ventura County city, Thousand Oaks, 10 miles away, with L. A. County services responding when able. In 1967 Ventura County officials who were concerned about the isolation of the community proposed a land swap with L. A. County, but they were rebuffed; the isolation—coupled with the distance to junior and senior high schools—also drove down the property values, homeowners found it difficult to sell their properties. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors created a Municipal Advisory Council in 1975 to represent the community to County agencies; the MAC persuaded the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to trim Metropolitan Development Corp.'s initial development plan from a population of 26,000. Today there are about 15,000 residents. All available land within Oak Park has now been developed, with the remaining vacant land owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District; the community was served by the Simi Valley Unified School District, with the nearest post-elementary schools being Sinaloa Junior High and Royal High.
Since the Simi Valley Unified School District had no plans to build post-elementary schools in Oak Park, the residents seceded and formed Oak Park Unified School District in June 1977. Medea Creek Middle School started at the current location of the school district in 1980 using portable classrooms; the campus was affectionately called "Bungalow Hill" by students. The middle school was grades 6-8, with sixth-graders spending morning hours at Brookside Elementary and afternoons at the middle school; the following year when Oak Park High School opened for classes, Medea Creek Middle School shared the campus. Oak Park High School's class of 1983 was the first graduating class, they were the maiden class. In 1999 the United States Postal Service assigned Oak Park its own ZIP code, 91377. Oak Park shared the ZIP code 91301 with its neighboring town of Agoura Hills. Oak Park is situated in southeastern Ventura County, it is bordered on the west by North Ranch and on the south by the LA County cities of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.
It borders the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to the north. Oak Park is located at 34 ° 10' 18" 118 ° 45' 28" West, it is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area on the north and east and Rancho Simi Open Space on the south. It sits within valleys in the Simi Hills capped by Simi Peak which borders the community to the north; the elevation in Oak Park varies from 960 to 2,157 feet above sea level. The CDP has a total area of 5.29 sq mi. All of the area is none of it is covered by water. However, there are many small creeks in the area; the largest of these creeks are Medea Creek and Lindero Creek, which are tributaries of Malibu Creek, the only waterway that pierces the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Creek watershed contains 225 stream segments; as of 2012, Oak Park was home to 5,200 housing units. The 2010 United States Census reported that Oak Park had a population of 14,266; the population density was 2,610.6 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Oak Park was 11,473 White, 141 African American, 32 Native American, 1,556 Asi
Oak Park, Sacramento, California
Oak Park is a neighborhood in Sacramento, California. The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific Sacramento Campus, Sacramento High School, Christian Brothers High School are located in this neighborhood. Oak Park is informally bounded by U. S. Route 50 to the north, Stockton Boulevard to the east, the South Sacramento Freeway to the west and Fruitridge Road to the south, it provides easy access to Downtown Sacramento. Numbered streets intersect with numbered avenues, with Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard comprising the main thoroughfares; the early 1900s saw Oak Park as a culturally thriving and economically vibrant, destination neighborhood, due in part to its strong sense of community and its ties with and proximity to the Historic site of the California State Fair grounds. The 1960s Interstate freeway expansion program subdivided many historic Sacramento neighborhoods like Oak Park creating isolated areas of poverty or relative prosperity. Oak Park's sense of community started to decline in the early 1960s as a result of the freeway expansion, declining property values and families moving out to the suburb communities now made accessible by the freeway expansion programs.
During the 1980s / 90's further deterioration of the living standards were exacerbated by frequent occurrences of petty theft, street crime, drug activities, gang-related violence. The early 2000s saw a slew of real estate speculators and building contractors buying up low-priced homes in some parts of Oak Park that were either abandoned or sold off as unmanageable, turning them around and reselling them as reasonably priced starter homes with financial government assistance. At the same time many new high-paying jobs moved into the area in connection with the expansion of the University of California Davis Medical Center located to the north of Oak Park, the revitalization of Broadway and Stockton Boulevard, the expansion of the McGeorge Law School campus. In addition to being Sacramento's first suburb, Oak Park developed a second "downtown" retail and entertainment district, distinct from Sacramento's downtown, running along 35th Street between Sacramento Blvd to the north and 5th Ave and the park to the South.
The street was home to the Piggly-Wiggly, Park Meat Market, Arata Bros markets. The street's arts and entertainment could be found at the Victor Theater, the California Theater, the Belmonte Gallery or the outdoor theater and pavilion at the park. 35th Street area played host to the annual July 4th parade. Four of Sacramento's seven downtown streetcar lines terminated in Oak Park; the original line, the Central Street Railway, was founded in 1890 by real estate investor Edwin K. Alsip in hopes of motivating people to move to Oak Park and Highland Park; the horse-drawn streetcars were replaced by cable cars, shortly after, electric trolley cars. Originating at Second and H streets, it followed J Street to 28th St south to Sacramento Boulevard, where it turned east into the new suburbs of Oak Park; the eastern terminus was a public park known as Oak Park, on 35th Street and Fifth Avenue. Sacramento Electric, Gas & Railway Company would acquire this route and expand to include Route 6 which ran to the Oak Park terminus via Fifth Avenue.
Meanwhile, a short Route 5 would run east from the Oak Park terminus and end at the Historic site of the California State Fair grounds on Stockton Boulevard. The Central California Traction Company ran an interurban rail line from Downtown Sacramento to Stockton; the line headed through Oak Park along Sacramento Boulevard Second Avenue, turned south at Stockton Boulevard, running down the eastern edge of Oak Park towards Stockton. In 1895, Oak Park featured acres of shady oak trees, a zoo and ballpark; when Sacramento Electric, Gas & Railway Company acquired the Oak Park terminus in 1903, they added a wooden roller coaster, a roller skating rink, an outdoor theater, a scenic miniature railway. Joyland was born when the park was renovated to include an amusement park, electric lights, swimming pool. In addition to local amusement, Joyland was intended to showcase the abilities of electric power and increase ridership on the new electric streetcars. Joyland caught fire in 1920 and never reopened.
In 1927, Valentine McClatchy purchased the land and gave it to the city to become a city park, named in honor of his father James McClatchy, the founder of the Sacramento Bee. As of 2008, Oak Park faced a variety of challenges sustaining the beginnings of its comeback due in part to an increase in foreclosures and an area-wide decline in property values. Community groups like the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, the South Oak Park Community Association established in 2014, Community policing efforts, the demand for affordable housing close to the University of California Davis Medical Center and the overall impact that the real estate market will play in the future. Lotar A. Lampe Sr. Served the community 1993–2011. Involved in community service projects and programs. Oak Park resident from 1974 to 2011. Worked with the Sacramento P. D. in community service, volunteered with Probation to supervise probationers that were doing community service hours, volunteered whenever possible in events that beautified improved and led to change in Oak Park.
He was the president of the Oak Ridge /Christian Brothers Drug Free Zone, the president of the 35th Street Neighborhood Assoc
Oaks Park (London)
Oaks Park is a public park in Carshalton in the London Borough of Sutton. It is bounded on the south by Croydon Lane, on the east by Woodmansterne Road; the park was laid out for the Earl of Derby in the 1770s and changes made for John Burgoyne in the 1790s for the existing villa. The fashionable landscape style was employed with trees forming a perimeter screen and placed in artful clumps to suggest a natural landscape; the house, rebuilt by Robert Taylor for John Burgoyne in 1775 and Robert Adam for the 12th Earl of Derby in 1790, was demolished between 1956 and 1960 but the bakehouse, stable block and some outbuildings remain. An archeological investigation was carried out by Carshalton and District History and Archeology Society in July 2009; the estate lent its name to the Oaks horserace, inaugurated by the Earl in 1779 and is run annually during the Derby meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse, about 4 miles to the west. The original Oaks Race ran from Barrow Hedges, north of The Oaks and through Oaks Park before heading west to the site of the current Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Part of the off-road route still exists. There is a public golf course and sports centre forming part of the open space; the park itself contains a craft centre, a café and a downland countryside walk. The Oaks Sport Centre has a new indoor climbing and caving centre. There is a bridle path that goes around the perimeter of the park for riding and walking; the park is on a section of the National Cycle Network. A leisure trail along the River Wandle from Wandsworth, passes close to the park at Carshalton and is available from the Sustrans website. South of the park and close Croydon Lane is the Mayfield Lavender Field; the field is spectacular during the midsummer months, filling the park with lavender aroma. The nearest railway station to the park is at Carshalton Beeches, less than a mile walk along Woodmansterne Road. Trains serve various places in South London from here; the 166 bus route serves the park at the Croydon Lane end of the park. The bus route serves Banstead and Croydon. Carshalton Park Grove Park Oaks Park Sports Centre A local guide to the North Downs Map of area from Streetmap Carshalton & District History & Archeology Society The Oaks Park Mansion House Report on an excavation in July 2009
Oak Park, Minot, North Dakota
Oak Park is a park and surrounding neighborhood in the Souris Valley in Minot, North Dakota. The wooded park is over 50-acres in size. In addition to the namesake oak trees and elm trees are commonly found in the park; the Souris Valley Birding Club meets at the park to watch hooded mergansers, wood ducks, Canada geese, Great blue herons, other birds. The eastern edge of the park borders the Souris River called the Mouse River. A small oxbow lake is located in the park. Oak Park has numerous walking/biking trails, both unpaved; the park is home to concerts in the park run by the Minot Area Council of Arts, through their Arts in the Park program. On Tuesdays and Saturdays from July to October, a farmers market operates out of Oak Park. In 2011, the farmers market at the park was temporarily moved to the North Hill Soccer Complex because of the 2011 Souris River flood. On August 4, 2010, a man was found dead in the park from an apparent suicide. Oak Park was the winner of the 2011 America's Favorite Park Contest sponsored by Coca-Cola and is set to receive a $100,000 grant.
The Oak Park Theater sits across from Oak Park. It is the only independent operating movie theater in the city of Minot; the theater opened in 1961, but was closed in 1980. It operated as a pool hall until 2000, when it was converted back to a theater specializing in second run films. In 2011, the theater was damaged in the Souris River flood. Oak Park Theater Minot Parks District
Oak Park, Michigan
Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County in the U. S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of the city of Detroit, located in neighboring Wayne County, part of its metropolitan area; as of the 2010 census, the population of Oak Park was 29,319. This area was designated as within Royal Oak Township; the first major housing development was constructed in 1914 at the time of World War I, when the township sold land to the Majestic Land Company to be developed as the Oak Park subdivision. The subdivision was incorporated as a village on May 3, 1927. Two petition drives during the Great Depression to dissolve the village government and return it to the township, citing "excessively high cost of village government," failed in 1931 and 1933; the village incorporated as a city on October 29, 1945 following the end of World War II. Stimulated by the GI Bill which aided veterans in buying new housing, highways to improve commuting, planned developments in the late 1950s, Oak Park from 1950 to 1960 was named as "America's Fastest Growing City".
Its population increased sevenfold, from 5,000 to more than 36,000. Much of its population was second and third-generation children of European immigrants who had settled in Detroit in the early 20th century; these included many Jewish Americans descended from immigrant ancestors from the Russian Empire, including present-day Poland and Ukraine. Major civic improvements in this period included construction of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in Major Park. In 1995, Detroit-based window manufacturer WeatherGard moved its headquarters to Oak Park. In 2002 and 2004, the city annexed portions of neighboring Royal Oak Township to expand its land and tax base. On November 8, 2011 the citizens of Oak Park elected Marian McClellan, she was the city's first new mayor in 22 years, replacing the long-serving Jerry Naftaly. In April 2015, the city approved the development of a new FedEx distribution center which will be located on a 60-acre plot of land at the site of the former Detroit Artillery Armory.
On May 5, 2015 the citizens of Oak Park voted to allow mixed drinks to be sold at businesses within city limits, in addition to beer and wine, which were allowed. On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Oak Park re-elected McClellan, running against Aaron Tobin. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.16 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 29,319 people, 11,719 households, 7,533 families residing in the city; the population density was 5,682.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 12,782 housing units at an average density of 2,477.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 57.4% African American, 37.4% White, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% from other races, 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.4% of the population. There were 11,719 households of which 35.7% were non-families, 35.4% were married couples living together, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present.
30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age in the city was 37.5 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 45.1% male and 54.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 29,793 people, 11,104 households, 7,595 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,291.5/km². There were 11,370 housing units at an average density of 874.5/km². The racial makeup of the city was 46.95% White, 45.95% African American, 2.18% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, 4.13% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 11,104 households out of which 44.0% were married couples living together, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were non-families, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present.
26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.29. In the city, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 12.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $48,697, the median income for a family was $54,786. Males had a median income of $40,922 versus $35,968 for females; the per capita income for the city was $21,677. 9.4% of the population and 7.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.9% of those under the age of 18 and 13.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Oak Park's educational history began with the Clinton School, a one-room schoolhouse on property donated by Barney Clinton in the early 20th century.
As the population grew Clinton School was expanded and more elementary schools were built beginning in the 1950s. Clinton School was made a junior high school and another w
Oak Park station
Oak Park is a Metra commuter railroad station in Oak Park, just west of Chicago. It is served by Metra's Union Pacific/West Line, with service east to Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago and as far west as Elburn, Illinois. Travel time to Chicago is 16 to 20 minutes; the station is located along North Boulevard between Marion Street and Harlem Avenue, Oak Park's western border with River Forest and Forest Park. The Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line ends at Harlem/Lake and is connected directly to this station at Marion Street. Downtown Oak Park, which includes a large shopping district spread over both Oak Park and River Forest, is nearby with many stores centered on Harlem Avenue and Lake Street. A small convenience store is located on the main concourse; the north platform, which services inbound trains, has assorted benches. The island platform to the south, which services outbound trains, has benches, though the access ramp from the concourse is sheltered and enclosed. CTA Green Line Harlem/LakeCTA 90 Harlem Pace 307 Harlem 309 Lake Street 313 St. Charles Road 318 West North Avenue 757 Oak Park/Schaumburg Limited 770 Brookfield Zoo Express/CTA Green Line Media related to Oak Park at Wikimedia Commons Metra - Oak Park Marion Street entrance from Google Maps Street View Forest Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
Oak Park Mall
Oak Park Mall is a super-regional shopping mall located in Overland Park, containing over 180 stores in a covered area of 1,607,803 sq ft. It is the largest mall in the Kansas City Metro Area as well as the entire state of Kansas, is split into two levels and contains five department stores, it was developed by Copaken, White & Blitt in conjunction with Sherman Dreiseszun. The mall is anchored by two Dillard's locations, Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney and H&M. In May 2011, it was announced that TIAA-CREF would receive 50% ownership of Oak Park Mall and several other CBL malls in an attempt to reduce CBL's debt. A 1982 CBS News special report titled "The Mall" was filmed in the Oak Park Mall; the report detailed the rise of malls in the United States. Target opened its doors for the first time south of the mall in 2005; the mall received an extensive renovation in 2011, including altering the food court dining area and new entrance vestibules. In June 2012, the area's first Microsoft Store opened at the mall in the former Talbots space.
In the center of the mall, near Dillard's North, is a double-decker carousel. The carousel was located in the atrium nearest Dillard's South. In the early 2000s, the carousel was removed and the area was remodeled to a woodland theme with a regular carousel appearing alongside a miniature ride-on train. In 2009, the double-decker carousel returned; the mall used to be home to the Kansas City Metro's only Rainforest Cafe, which opened in 1999. The addition of the Rainforest Cafe necessitated a small expansion to the north of the existing mall to house most of the restaurant. Rainforest Cafe decided not to renew their lease; the former space was divided into three spaces with the American Girl store taking up much of the former restaurant's area. Official Website