Plaza Park, Downtown Ventura
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Plaza Park is in a beautiful spot! Backed by the eucalyptus-covered hills of Ventura, it is a lush park with big, lovely, old trees. The centerpoint is a tall playground. Also wonderful is the large, pretty pagoda and the 136 year old Moreton Bay Fig Tree from Australia. Historical houses on Thompson Blvd add to the atmosphere. There is an old Spanish cannon that boys enjoy climbing on and plenty of grass for kids to run free.
From here you can walk north one block to the main strip of Downtown Ventura and grab an icecream cone from Ben and Jerry's. City Hall, with its revival architecture, is also great to walk around.
From Plaza Park, walk south on California Street and over the freeway to Ventura Pier, a fantastic spot where you can walk on the pier, eat a meal, play in the playground in the sand, and stroll along the promenade to Surfer's Point.
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From Highway101 southbound, exit at Main Street and follow it many blocks. Turn right on Chestnut Street or Fir Street and park along the road.
From Highway 101 northbound exit at California Street and turn right on California St. Turn right on Santa Clara St and right on Chestnut St or Fir St and park along the road.
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|Notice to the public: Starting at 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday, October 15, 2011, a peaceful and friendly gathering of people will "Occupy" Plaza Park in solidarity with the rest of the occupations sprouting up around the world, initiated by Occupy Wall Street. We encourage you to come by and see that this is a movement for and by the people, and is NOT what anyone says otherwise. The richest 1% of Americans control roughly half the wealth, and this problem is not just in America, hence the worldwide support. The 99% are tired of being abused by laws that favor corporate profit at the expense of the general public. We demand for everyone's voice to be heard. Join us!|
|Very nice play structure, huge awesome fig tree, several burned out bums sleeping on the grass, restrooms nasty in an industrial magnitude.|
|I was impressed with this park. The grass is well kept, equipment is new, the kids like it.|