History of Libbey Park
Libbey Park, formerly known as Civic Center Park, was first purchased for $7,500 and then developed by Ojai’s Greatest Benefactor, Edward Libbey, of Toledo, Ohio. On April 7, 1917, Mr. Libbey donated the park to the Ojai Civic Association, which raised the money from the rental of the Post Office building to maintain the park and the buildings connected to it. The Ojai Civic Association eventually signed over the deed making the City of Ojai owner and protector of the downtown park as of March 2, 1971, with the stipulation that the land continue to be used as a park and not for any other purposes. The city resolved to call the gift, Libbey Park, in honor of the man that had done so much for the city.
Libbey Park Today
Today the beautiful park offers quiet places for relaxation, a playground for the tots, tennis courts, a community bandstand and the renown Libbey Bowl, site of the Ojai Music Festival and many other events. Each year Libbey Park hosts “The Ojai,” the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the USA. A favorite gathering spot for residents, and a must-see site for visitors, Libbey Park is one of Ojai’s gems. Libbey Park is also home of the Sound Arch, a unique interactive sculpture designed by Trimpin, a Seattle-based artist. The Sound Arch was dedicated in 2011 as the public art piece for the restored Libbey Bowl. Libbey Bowl was entirely rebuilt in 2011, opening in time for the 2011 Ojai Music Festival.
Renting Libbey Bowl
For information on booking events at Libbey Bowl, please visit: www.libbeybowl.org.
To schedule an event in Libbey Park (only for events NOT including Libbey Bowl) please contact the City of Ojai Public Works Department: (805) 646-5581, ext. 200.
Click here to see Libbey Park on a map.