Welcome to Camarillo
The population was 65,201 at the 2010 census, up from 57,084 at the 2000 census. The Ventura Freeway (U.S. Route 101) is the city’s primary thoroughfare. Camarillo is named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few Californios (pre-1848 California natives of Hispanic ancestry) to preserve the city’s heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers. The railroad coast route came through in 1898 and built a station here. Adolfo Camarillo eventually employed 700 workers growing mainly lima beans. Walnuts and citrus were also grown on the ranch.
Adolfo bred Camarillo White Horses in the 1920s through the 1960s and was well known for riding them, dressed in colorful Spanish attire, in parades such as the Fiesta of Santa Barbara. The city grew slowly prior to World War II but the war effort saw the construction of the Oxnard Army Air Field (later Oxnard Air Force Base in 1951, now Camarillo Airport) to the west of town. The community also grew as the new base along with nearby Naval Air Station Point Mugu and a Seabee base at Port Hueneme brought many workers and their families to the area. The grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, is now the campus of California State University, Channel Islands.
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The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District is a special district funded by local property taxes and fees to provide and maintain parks and outdoor recreational facilities for the enjoyment of all Camarillo citizens. It is not a City of Camarillo department. The Park District is overseen by an elected Board of Directors and appointed staff which is responsible for maintenance over 150 developed acres of land in the Camarillo area. The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs for people of all ages.
These programs include organized sports, music, health & fitness, senior citizen activities, special events, dances, swimming and much more. The Park District also operates and maintains 28 different parks and recreational facilities throughout the greater Camarillo area. The park system includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, athletic fields and a community center, all available for public and private use.
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