Parks Make Life Better!

An extensive research study asked California citizens and public officials “Why are parks important to you?”

Overwhelmingly, survey respondents value parks and recreation as an essential community service. Virtually every California household (98%) reported visiting a park during the past year. Forty-two percent visited a park at least several days a week; 26% visited at least once a week, and 68% visited at least monthly. Of these, 55% go with spouse or partner, 53% with kids, 48% with family, 46% with a friend. Only 5% of the users indicated they go alone.

The Parks Make Life Better brand incorporates the benefits Californians reported as most important; the many ways parks and recreation make their lives and communities better. Specifically, parks and recreation make life better now and in the future by providing:

  • Access to the serenity and inspiration of nature
  • Outdoor space to play and exercise
  • Facilities for self-directed and organized recreation
  • Positive alternatives for youth which help lower crime and mischief
  • Activities that facilitate social connections, human development, therapy, the arts and lifelong learning

In short, parks and recreation services make Californians’ lives better.

How does parks and recreation make your life better?


Safe, outdoor space
For us, the biggest benefit is a safe, outdoor play space for our kids today and as they grow.
Discover your neighborhood park!


Beauty and serenity
Being in nature makes one feel alive. We're very fortunate to have beautiful spaces so close to home.
Explore one of the hiking trails at Camarillo Grove Park!


Healthy movement
Parks are made for moving at your own pace. And, recreation programs make it easy to stay healthy.
Try out the new fitness equipment at Community Center Park, sign up for a fitness class, or take a stroll with the Senior Walking Club!  


Free-time fun
Neighborhood parks are an escape, a place to run around and play.
Take your dog to one of our 3 dogs parks and run and play with your canine companion!


 Socializing and learning
Parks are like holidays, bringing us together to share good times. They are the common ground that connects us all.
Reserve a park or facility for your next special event!


Valued today and always
Parks enrich our lives. They add value to our homes and neighborhoods. Individually and as a community, we'll always have that need. 
Attend one of our many special events held throughout the year!

The Benefits of Parks & Recreation

The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District provides excellent cost effective recreation programs, parks, open space and community facilities to the Camarillo residents.
The publication below provides information on the positive impacts that parks and recreation can have on physical, mental and social health of individuals and communities.

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