Soule Park dead trees Sept 12 2022

Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Soule Park on Sept. 12, 2022

More trees will be planted at Soule Park in the coming year or two, as the county of Ventura and city of Ojai continue talks regarding programming and use of the fields and courts, including pickleball.

“The two primary issues we are focusing on are: 1. expanding pickleball activation by allowing the city to take over management of the existing pickleball courts and 2. allowing the city to have exclusive access of several fields in order to start additional programming/sports leagues (potentially softball, flag football, soccer, etc.),” said Ventura County Supervisor Matt LaVere, responding via email to the Ojai Valley News. “The conversations have largely focused on ways the city and county can better partner to increase recreational opportunities at Soule Park for Ojai residents. The conversations have been very positive, and I believe we are getting very close to a mutual understanding/agreement as to how this will look.”

Pickleball court at Soule Park Sept 12 2022

Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Pickleball and paddle tennis courts at Soule Park on Sept. 12, 2022. 

Dead tree poor trimming Soule Park Sept 12 2022

Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

The remains of a tree at Soule Park, Sept. 12, 2022.