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Join the Public Meetings of the Oakridge Estate Park Advisory Board

Community members are encouraged and invited to attend the monthly public meetings of the newly formed Oakridge Estate Park Advisory Board (PAB).  Help shape the future of this community treasure!

The Oakridge Estate PAB will meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at Fire Station #87, 10124 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills.

Oakridge Estate PAB Meetings
Thursday, June 24    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 22     3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 26   3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In December 2009, The City of LA completed the purchase of the historic cultural landmark known as Oakie House.  The 9.5 acre property located on Devonshire St., just West of Reseda Blvd. in Northridge includes a 6,500 square‐foot English Tudor‐style house designed in 1937 by noted architect Paul R. Williams for actress Barbara Stanwyck. It also has a tennis court, swimming pool, wooded grounds with large oak trees, and many distinctive decorative features.

Most recently it was the home of actor Jack Oakie and his wife Victoria Oakie at a time when many movie stars lived in the Valley.  They dubbed it “Oakridge” and it is locally known as the Oakie House.

The Oakies donated the estate to USC’s film school who held the property for  years, but was unable to find a way of managing it.  It was then sold to a real estate developer.  Although the home itself is a protected historic landmark, the developer planned to build 28 single‐family homes on the adjacent land.

Councilman Greig Smith’s office secured Quimby funds to purchase, restore, and improve the Oakie House and grounds preserving it in perpetuity as a community recreational site.

The Department of Recreation & Parks appointed the 11 members of the Park Advisory Board to serve as a panel of community stakeholder who will make recommendations for the uses of the property to the Recreation Commission.

For more information, contact Councilman Smith’s office at 818 756‐8501 and ask for Megan Cottier.

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