Thousand Oaks teen, adult centers to get $4.3 million makeover

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Work has begun on a $4.3 million project that will add new recreation features and make upgrades to the Alex Fiore Teen Center and Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks.

Outdoor renovations at the teen center, 1375 E. Janss Road, will include a multi-use court for basketball, volleyball and more, a skateboard plaza, an outdoor stage and shade structures.

Exterior improvements at the adult center, next door at 1385 E. Janss Road, will include a shaded rubber-surface fitness area and paving around an existing horseshow pit section.

The interiors of both buildings will also be renovated with upgraded bathrooms, new flooring and more.

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The project is a joint venture of the city of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

The district owns the land and operates the facilities. The city constructed and owns the buildings. The teen center opened in 1989 while the adult center debuted in 1990.

“It’s been over 30 years since they’ve been built and the community has kind of evolved with different interests,” said Andrew Mooney, the district’s senior park planner, on Wednesday. “So, it’s really like breathing some new life into the buildings, as well as the exterior spaces, which are the large scope of the work.”

Funding for the $4.3 million project comes from a $3 million general fund allocation from the city and a $1.3 million deferred maintenance and operations grant from the state.

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Roughly 60% of the funding will be for the teen center’s renovations with the remaining 40% for the adult center’s improvements, Mooney said.

“The teen center is a good chunk of the work since the exterior space is a bit larger,” he said.

An artist's rendering shows plans for a new multi-use court at the Alex Fiore Teen Center in Thousand Oaks.

Regular visitors at the adult center welcomed the changes.

“I don’t know how long it’s been since it’s been renovated but a lot of people use this facility,” said P.L. Halverson, 74, of Thousand Oaks, as he exited Thursday. “I would be in favor of all that. I think it would be beneficial to the community.” 

Barbara Young, 80, Thousand Oaks, plays bridge at the center three days a week.

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