Seaside Park (Ventura)

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Seaside Park is the traditional name of an event venue located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California. This is the home of the Ventura County Fair. The beach front site is just downcoast of the mouth of the Ventura River. E.P. and Orpha Foster envisioned a miniature Golden Gate Park as John McLaren, the designer of that park was a family friend. They donated the original 65 acres to the County of Ventura, adding another 14 acres later. They wanted a beautiful gateway to Ventura, where families could walk and picnic, play tennis and enjoy family outings.[1]

The site is now owned by the State of California and is managed by 31st District Agricultural Association, a state special-purpose district in the Division of Fairs and Expositions of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Fair Board’s role is to set and approve policies for the organization. Members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the governor of California. They organize the annual Ventura County Fair, and run The Derby Club, the satellite horse racing facility.[2]

Babe Ruth Field at this site served as the home of the Ventura Braves, Ventura Yankees and Ventura Oilers professional baseball teams.[3] Although the original race track and grandstand are long gone,[4] the Ventura Raceway is hosted at the fairground when the fair is not in season. Trade shows, concerts and other events are held throughout the year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mildred Ranger Schofield, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EUGENE P. FOSTER appended to HISTORY OF THE VENTURA COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT
  2. ^ a b Ventura County Fairgrounds Official Website
  3. ^ Pastore, Eric and Wendy "DigitalBallparks.com Ventura" Accessed 20 November 2013
  4. ^ "History of Ventura County Fair & Seaside Park" The Fillmore Gazette 2009 August 5

Coordinates: 34°16′31″N 119°18′13″W / 34.27528°N 119.30361°W / 34.27528; -119.30361