Welcome to Moorpark
Moorpark was founded when the application for the Moorpark Post Office was granted on June 1, 1900. The townsite of Moorpark was owned and surveyed by Robert Poindexter and his wife, Madeline. The town has experienced a great amount of growth since the late 1970s. The population was 34,421 at the 2010 census, up from 31,415 at the 2000 census.
The origin of the name “Moorpark” is unknown, but several sources have been suggested. Of these most sources agree that its origin was Admiral Lord Anson’s estate Moor Park in Hertfordshire, England where he introduced the apricot in 1688. It is mainly believed that the town of Moorpark is named after the Moorpark Apricot, which used to grow in the area. This was confirmed by Robert Poindexter, the founder of Moorpark, in 1927. One other theory of the name is that when the Southern Pacific Railroad was surveying the local land in the 19th century for its railway, someone in the party said that the area, with its sloping hills, looked like the Scottish Moors. Hence the name Moorpark.
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Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department is responsible for the development, implementation, and promotion of all recreation activities. Those activities fall under the Recreation Division and include classes, special events, youth and adult sports, youth day camps, and teen programs.
The City’s recreation staff and programs operate out of the Arroyo Vista Recreation Center. The Arroyo Vista Recreation Center is located at 4550 Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark. You may also contact The Arroyo Vista Recreation Center directly at (805) 517-6300.