The City of Westlake Village is a Los Angeles County municipality created in 1981. Located on the eastern side of the Ventura/Los Angeles County line, Westlake Village was formed in 1966 by the American Hawaiian Steamship Company. It includes a total land area of 5.4 square miles and a population of 8,836. Less than nine miles from the Pacific Ocean and 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, it is approximately 900 feet above sea level. The community is framed by the Simi Hills to the north and the Santa Monica Mountains to the south.
The City of Westlake Village is located in the heart of the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101) “Technology Corridor”. The Corridor stretches along the freeway from Calabasas westward through the Oxnard plain, and is recognized as one of Southern California’s major R&D and technology growth areas. A host of high-tech manufacturing and Research and Development firms, biotechnology companies and healthcare organizations are located here, including the corporate headquarters of Dole Food Company and K-Swiss.
Events and activities include Summer Friday Fun Nights with concerts, shows and entertainment at the Westlake Village Civic Center. There are also play for children and a variety of camping, hiking, bicycling and other sports available.
With Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area adjacent to Westlake Village, a variety of nature trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, picnics, horseback riding and camping. Westlake Village maintain numerous scenic sidewalks, green belts, and protected bike lanes. Residents can enjoy these outdoor activities plus golfing, tennis, swimming, fishing, boating and sailing.
Westlake’s 150-acre lake is stocked with bass, blue gill and catfish. Docking privileges, fishing licenses, boating and sailing are available to residents. Nearby commercial harbors offer sports fishing, whale watching and tours to Channel Islands National Park, five islands that begin just 12 miles off the mainland, where the marine sanctuary contains giant kelp forests that shelter more than 1,000 species of ocean life. Hiking and camping is permitted on all the islands and there are many sea caves and deserted coves that attract snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as kayaking and boating. Many excellent state and county beaches and campgrounds are scattered along the coastline just 9 miles across the Santa Monica Mountains. Swimmers, sunbathers, and surfers enjoy nearby Malibu, Point Dume, Zuma, Leo Carrillo, County Line, Sycamore Cove and Point Mugu beaches. Birdwatchers can watch migratory birds heading south for the winter. Herons and egrets in the protected areas.
11 public golf courses, 10 tennis courts and several swimming pools are open to the public. The Conejo Recreation and Park District manages 33 developed parks, 5 play field parks, and 1 district-wide park in addition to the 1,300 acre Wildwood Park, 12,000 acres of open space and 75 miles of trails. The District offers more than 2,500 organized recreation and leisure programs each year. Westlake Village manages three city parks and a recreation program as well. Organized sports available for youth through area organizations include soccer, football, softball, baseball, basketball, swimming, boating, and track and field.
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