Oakridge Estate Park Scheduled for Completion This Summer!

The Friends of Oakridge is pleased to continue to share more park construction images with you. As work crews install picnic tables, playground equipment and finish the walking trail, Northridge’s newest public park takes shape. The landscaper will soon be receiving and planting nearly 150 new trees throughout the 8 acre park. Thanks to $1.3 M of Prop K funds and the LA City Bureau of Engineering the first phase of the new passive recreation park is nearing completion. LA Recreation and Parks Department will manage and maintain the park area which is adjacent to the historic Oakridge Estate residence on Devonshire Street.

The most recent drone aerials images were taken in mid April 2018. Below are three sets of images taken by volunteer photographer, Shel Mosk. The birds eye view of the construction progress is exciting to view!

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April 2018
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January 2018
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November 2017
Devonshire St. looking south to Lemarsh St. Lemarsh St. looking north to Devonshire

Photos Shel Mosk   November 2017, January 2018, April 2018

Revised Oakridge Estate Park Construction Plans

In November of 2017, construction work began on approximately 8 acres of land west of the historic Oakridge residence on Devonshire Street. On March 8, 2018 the Los Angeles City Bureau of Engineering revised construction plans for the Prop K funded passive park (links below). The Friends of Oakridge will continue to update the community concerning this Department of Recreation and Parks project as we receive information. View the original community approved Conceptual Site Plan from 2011. The park should be completed in 2018.

View detailed schematic of north portion of park

View detailed schematic of south portion of park

Saturday      May 19th      Tour of Historic Oakridge Estate

10:00 A.M.      Fee: $15.00 per person

The Third Saturday tour program continues to attract people from far and wide who are interested in San Fernando Valley history, glamorous Old Hollywood stars, Marwyck Ranch breeding and training operation, famous architects, and champion Thoroughbred race horses. The 90 minute docent led tour will take you back in time to an era never to return. The cast of characters include: Jack and Victoria Oakie, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Janet Gaynor and husband Adrian, Marion and Zeppo Marx, and J.H. and Annette Ryan. Guests walk through the two story, 6,000 sq. ft. residence which includes four fireplaces, a mural room, a long swimming pool and oversized tennis court.

A few spaces for the May tour are still available. Friends of Oakridge invite you, your family and friends to carpool to the “house on the hill” built for Barbara Stanwyck in 1937.

A request has been made to the Recreation and Parks Department to add an additional tour on Sunday May 20, 2018. If approved, that date will be added onto the reservation page so click on the Register Now button to view specific tour information. Reservations are required.

Please watch for the June tour information. Due to “sizzling” summer heat, the tours will not be offered in July or August but will resume in September 2018.

Your continued support of Oakridge is appreciated!

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Help Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge

When the legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck planted the majestic Oak tree in the circular planter of her Marwyck Ranch hilltop driveway in 1937, she could never have imagined the barren space that exists there today. Drought and disease have destroyed not only that magnificent Oak but several others original to the property located at the rear of the house which overlooked the Thoroughbred horse breeding barns, pastures and paddocks. The trees, which created a welcoming canopy, both cooled and shaded the residence that is now named the Oakridge Estate, LA city Historic-Cultural Monument #484.

We are asking the San Fernando Valley residents, and Barbara Stanwyck fans to help The Friends of Oakridge, a non-profit organization, to help us reclaim and “again make green” the beautiful landscape that once surrounded this historic residence by financially contributing to

Bring the Oaks Back to Oakridge!

Oak empty planter
2011 – Planter with 90 year old Oak
Photo courtesy of Patricia LoPresti
2017 – Empty Planter
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk
Oakridge Estate 2013 Oakridge Estate rear 2017
2013 – Rear view of residence looking west
Photo courtesy of Marcie Heacox
2017 – Rear view of residence looking west
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk
Barren Oakridge Estate 2017
2017 – Rear view of residence looking east
Photo courtesy of Shel Mosk

Why Donate to Oakridge?

With construction of the Oakridge Estate Park underway, Friends is excited to launch our First Fundraising Campaign. The goal is to replace the three significant oak trees original to the front and rear of the residence with three substantial California live oaks. Plans also call for an irrigation system and replanting shrubbery and groundcover surrounding the home. Replacing the peaceful shade trees and “adding green” to the Oakridge grounds will create a more aesthetically appealing and welcoming venue for major fundraising events to be hosted by Friends of Oakridge.

The mission of Friends is to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Stanwyck/Oakie house and grounds in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Did you know there are no City public funds allocated for the renovation of the residence and the grounds immediately surrounding it? Please assist us in our efforts to bring a greatly needed destination for cultural activities and events to the San Fernando Valley.

Please Donate Now

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Your contribution is tax deductible - Federal Tax ID #45-1626582. Checks made payable to Friends of Oakridge/Oaks may be mailed to P.O. Box 3973, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
(Please note: prior communications contained a different PO Box #. The above # is correct.)

Your continuing support is greatly appreciated. Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

Steve Harris
President, Friends of Oakridge

All About Northridge Newsletter

Friends of Oakridge announce our online newsletter which was recently published and emailed to over 2,200 people. This quarterly publication will contain the latest and most fascinating articles about the historic piece of property, Marwyck Ranch, originally built by Barbara Stanwyck, Marion and Zeppo Marx in 1937. For future issues please subscribe by adding your email address to our newsletter list.


Now You Can Donate Online!

If you prefer to donate by mail,
please mail your donation to:
Friends of Oakridge
P.O. Box #3973
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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18650 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 

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