City of Camarillo logoOn February 14, 2024, the Camarillo City Council unanimously approved a construction contract for the Dizdar Park Renovation and Expansion Project, clearing the way for work to begin on this long-anticipated community project in Camarillo’s Old Town.

“We take pride in our City projects and fully expect that Dizdar Park will be a state-of-the-art upgrade to an existing neighborhood park and a valuable asset to the community as a whole,” stated City Manager Greg Ramirez. “We are pleased to see this project move forward.”

Located at the southeast corner of Ventura Boulevard and Glenn Drive, Dizdar Park will undergo numerous renovations, including a new plaza, garden entry gateway, bandshell with stage, fire station-themed playground, shade trees, seating, public restrooms, enhanced pavement and a parking lot.

A designated space will be provided for a public art element which will be commissioned and installed under a separate process and contract. The project also includes demolition of the vacant office building and the former fire station/community center to allow space for the expanded park.

The $6.4 million construction contract was awarded to Ardalan Construction, Inc., of Thousand Oaks. Ardalan has successfully completed several specialized projects in Ventura County, including Ojai Fire Station #20 with the County of Ventura, Freedom Baseball Fields Phase II with Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District, Thousand Oaks Library Modernization Project with the City of Thousand Oaks and a playground restoration project for Moorpark Unified School District. The total project construction cost is approximately $9 million, which includes the construction contract with Ardalan Construction, construction management and inspection Services to be provided by Filippin Engineering out of Santa Barbara and continued design support services by Goodale Architecture Planning from Pasadena.

In development since 2019, the project’s planning process included interactive community workshops, Camarillo Planning Commission and City Council coordination and an extensive environmental review process to ensure the revamped park reflects the community’s specific needs while also addressing any potential impacts.

The project is anticipated to begin construction this summer with an expected construction duration of approximately 18 months.