Marina Park, Ventura

Entry At Road's End
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Entry to the park was at the end of Pierpont Boulevard. A gate was open and past the gate was parking. There was no entry fee and the parking was free.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:38:13 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8888
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Closes At Dusk
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Signs at the park's entry specified the hours of operation. This sign read:

Park Closes At Dusk
Persons and or vehicles in the park after closing are subject to citation.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:01 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8893
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Other Rules In Spanish
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Two other signs just inside the park were printed in the Spanish language. The upper sign read:

Parque se cierra al atardecer
Personas y/o veiculos dentro del parque

And the lower of the two signs read:

El consumo de bebidas alcolicas es prohibido por ley solamente con permiso


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:14 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8895
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Free Parking
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The parking lot was copious and not full that afternoon. Shade trees would have been a better choice than palm trees for a parking lot.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:24 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8896
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Wide Lawns
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Wide lawns provided plenty of space for all sorts of activities ranging from flag football, to Frisbee, to playing catch, or to just plain running for fun.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:39:29 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8897
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Picnic Tables and Benches
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Picnic tables were available near the ocean side of the park. Also benches dotted the sidewalks that overlooked great views.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:47:36 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8903
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Next To A Marina
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The park was just across the water from a rich neighborhood with lots of floating docks.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:47:46 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8904
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A Bench On Which To Relax
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Paths wound along the water's edge of the park. One bench provided a place to relax with a view of the Pacific Ocean.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:49:05 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8908
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A Day Sail
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A day sailing sloop (so called because it lack lights for night sailing) was being sailed on the inside of the breakwater that afternoon.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:49:10 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8909
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Boats For Rent And Lessons Offered
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In the lagoon behind the breakwater, day sailing sloops were for rent. This was also a sailing club that offered sailing lessons.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:51:13 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8915
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Dad Ran
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The lack of shade trees in the park required picnic goers to bring their own shade. The demand for shade was reduced in October, but demand would certainly peak in summer. Here a dad escaped the shade to pursue his child.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:52:05 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8917
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A Party
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A party was held that afternoon. Despite the relative cool of the day, a shade tent had been erected over a picnic table. Balloons, a camera over a fellow's shoulder, and a child suggest this was a celebration.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:52:24 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8918
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View Back From Beach
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The view looking back from the ocean and beach showed a park filled with people that afternoon. Picnic tables were full and people played on the grass.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:52:52 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8920
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One Of Two Beaches
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The park contained two beaches. The smaller beach was adjacent to the picnic area and appeared the more popular of the two. Here, most people idled on the sand and only a few braved the chilly autumn water.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:53:30 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8922
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Fake Boat And A Zip Line
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A fake boat had been erected on the beach and a telephone pole planted inside it as a mast. A zip line was attached to that mast.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:54:04 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8926
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Children Enjoyed The Zip Line
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Children rode the zip line from the boat, over the soft sand, and stopped at a tire attached to the line. Parents usually jogged alongside really young children when they rode the zip line.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:55:12 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8934
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A Path Out The Breakwater
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A paved path lead out the top of the breakwater with the lagoon on the left and the ocean on the right.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:57:08 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8938
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Bordered By Native Grasses
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The paved path was bordered by tufts of native grasses. Wind blew loose sand across the path. A statue was just visible in the distance.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:00:02 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8946
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The Larger Beach
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The second beach was the larger of the two but much more distant from the picnic area. Access here required a hundred or so yards (meters) of walking and possibly the need to clamber down rocks.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:00:31 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8950
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Picnic Area At End Of Breakwater
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Another picnic area was available at the end of the breakwater, a goodly walk from the main park. It offered picnic tables and shade and a great view of the inner harbor.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:00:42 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8951
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The Path Turned Right
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The path turned right and continued out past a statue and out toward the Pacific Ocean.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:01:15 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8954
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The Statue
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The only sign on the base of this statue read:

RUSSIA USA
ОЛЕг + TATБЯHA (Oleg and Tatyana)
From Russia With Love
Soter Point, Ventura, CA 2009


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:02:01 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8956
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A Place To Fish
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The breakwater created a great place to fish, with a view of the marina and the open sea.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:02:56 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8962
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End Of A Path
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A sign that read, "Danger, Restricted Area, Keep Out," marked the end of the path. Like most breakwaters, this one was built of piled rocks and so was inconvenient for walking.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:02:56 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8967
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A Survey Marker
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A US Army Corps of Engineers survey marker was set into the concrete at the end of the path. Notice that the year was unstamped.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:07:33 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8974
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Path Became Diminished
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Over time, the path's end became broken and separated, and so grew nearer to its start.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:08:27 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8975
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Old Seabed Rocks
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A few of the rocks used to create a breakwater appeared to have been quarried from the bed of an old sea.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:11:47 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8980
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Lifeguard Closed
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The light crowds of autumn combined with cool sea water discouraged swimmers enough to justify a closed lifeguard station.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:20:36 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8986
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Dangerous Beach
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Odd signs at the top of the stairs leading down to the beach warned of danger in two languages:

Warning
No lifeguard
Dangerous Currents
Swimming and Wading
Not Advised
--
Peligro-Advertencia
No habra guardas de vida
Corrientes peligrosas
Natacion y meterse en la auga
No es consejado
The sign "Greenock" is the name of the street that ended at the beach, Greenock Lane.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:21:38 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8988
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More Beach
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More beach extended past the park and continued north behind residential buildings.


Marina Park   •  Pierpont Boulevard, Ventura, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:21:51 Saturday 9 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8989
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