Dizdar Park, Camarillo
Dizdar Park Mike Dizdar paid to replace a cemetery with this park
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Established in 1945
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:46:53 Sunday 10 October 2010)
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This park was built on the site of the former Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In the early 1940s, Mike Dizdar donated funds to relocate the cemetery and replace it with a public park. The park is now part of the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District external link.


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Easy Parking
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:43:13 Sunday 10 October 2010)
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There was plenty of diagonal parking available on Glenn Drive that afternoon. The park was wide open with no fence. The chain-link fence to the right were the tennis courts for the church school and were not open to the public.


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Nice Playground
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:43:58 Sunday 10 October 2010)
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The playground inside the park featured modern equipment for children's play.


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Mature Trees
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:44:21 Sunday 10 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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The trees inside the park were mature and provided shade where needed. A tall hedge bordered part of the park and ran next to the playground.


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Sidewalk Art
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:44:36 Sunday 10 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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Near a picnic table, someone had used chalk to draw a large eye on the sidewalk. A barbecue and drinking fountain were also located near this picnic table.


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A Second Picnic Table
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:45:34 Sunday 10 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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A second picnic table was located near to busy Ventura Boulevard. The church school lay just beyond the park.


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Don Adolfo Camarillo
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:46:17 Sunday 10 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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A statue of the founder of Camarillo was at the southwest corner of the park. This statue of Don Adolfo Camarillo seated on a horse was installed in 2000. This park is the site for the annual July Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair external link.


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Former Cemetery
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Dizdar Park Camarillo
20 S. Glenn Drive, Camarillo, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January 2011)
(Photo taken 13:47:20 Sunday 10 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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#BCX_9151


The park was formerly a cemetery owned by the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. About 70 people were buried there. Most were relocated to Ivy Lawn Cemetery, and a few were reclaimed by families.


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