Oakridge Estate Park Scheduled for Completion This Summer!
The Friends of Oakridge is pleased to continue to share more park construction images with you. As work crews install picnic tables, playground equipment and finish the walking trail, Northridge’s newest public park takes shape. The landscaper will soon be receiving and planting nearly 150 new trees throughout the 8 acre park. Thanks to $1.3 M of Prop K funds and the LA City Bureau of Engineering the first phase of the new passive recreation park is nearing completion. LA Recreation and Parks Department will manage and maintain the park area which is adjacent to the historic Oakridge Estate residence on Devonshire Street.
The most recent drone aerials images were taken in mid April 2018. Below are three sets of images taken by volunteer photographer, Shel Mosk. The birds eye view of the construction progress is exciting to view!
Photos © Shel Mosk November 2017, January 2018, April 2018
Revised Oakridge Estate Park Construction Plans
In November of 2017, construction work
began on approximately 8 acres of land west of the historic
Oakridge residence on Devonshire Street. On March 8, 2018 the Los
Angeles City Bureau of Engineering revised construction plans for
the Prop K funded passive park (links below). The Friends of
Oakridge will continue to update the community concerning this
Department of Recreation and Parks project as we receive
original community approved Conceptual Site Plan from 2011.
The park should be completed in 2018.
Saturday May 19th Tour of Historic Oakridge Estate
10:00 A.M. Fee: $15.00 per person
The Third Saturday tour program continues to attract people from
far and wide who are interested in San Fernando Valley history,
glamorous Old Hollywood stars, Marwyck Ranch breeding and training
operation, famous architects, and champion Thoroughbred race
horses. The 90 minute docent led tour will take you back in time
to an era never to return. The cast of characters include: Jack
and Victoria Oakie, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Janet Gaynor
and husband Adrian, Marion and Zeppo Marx, and J.H. and Annette
Ryan. Guests walk through the two story, 6,000 sq. ft. residence
which includes four fireplaces, a mural room, a long swimming pool
and oversized tennis court.
Your continued support of Oakridge is appreciated!
Help Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge
When the legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck planted the majestic
Oak tree in the circular planter of her Marwyck Ranch hilltop
driveway in 1937, she could never have imagined the barren space
that exists there today. Drought and disease have destroyed not
only that magnificent Oak but several others original to the
property located at the rear of the house which overlooked the
Thoroughbred horse breeding barns, pastures and paddocks. The
trees, which created a welcoming canopy, both cooled and shaded
the residence that is now named the Oakridge Estate, LA city
Historic-Cultural Monument #484.
Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge!
Why Donate to Oakridge?
With construction of the Oakridge Estate
Park underway, Friends is excited to launch our First Fundraising
Campaign. The goal is to replace the three significant oak trees
original to the front and rear of the residence with three
substantial California live oaks. Plans also call for an
irrigation system and replanting shrubbery and groundcover
surrounding the home. Replacing the peaceful shade trees and
“adding green” to the Oakridge grounds will create a more
aesthetically appealing and welcoming venue for major fundraising
events to be hosted by Friends of Oakridge.
Please Donate Now
Your contribution is tax deductible - Federal Tax ID #45-1626582.
Checks made payable to Friends of Oakridge/Oaks may be mailed to
P.O. Box 3973, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
Friends of Oakridge announce our online newsletter which was recently published and emailed to over 2,200 people. This quarterly publication will contain the latest and most fascinating articles about the historic piece of property, Marwyck Ranch, originally built by Barbara Stanwyck, Marion and Zeppo Marx in 1937. For future issues please subscribe by adding your email address to our newsletter list.
Now You Can Donate Online!
If you prefer to donate by mail,
Contact the Friends of Oakridge at email@example.com
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