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This park provides hands down the best view in town.  On a clear day you can see the Channel Islands and almost any day you can see the miles of gorgeous beaches that have made Ventura famous. 

The most striking landmark is an enormous cross that is a replica of one placed during the Mission Era.  In later years it also let passing ships know the town's whereabouts. Even though the overgrown brush has made it more difficult to see the cross from below, the view from the top is great.

On any given clear day there is a steady stream of tourists coming and going from the parking lot at the summit of the park.  You will find dozens of people gathering around the cross or positioning themselves in front of the magnificent view for photos.

At 107 acres, this is one of the largest parks in town.  In addition to the view, it also offers picnic facilities, restrooms and a public shooting range.


Directions: 

Southbound: From the 101 take the Main Street exit.  Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and drive until you reach Palm Street.  Turn left onto Poli St, which becomes Cedar St. Turn right onto Ferro Dr and follow it as it twists around the foothills.

Northbound: From the 101 take the California Street exit. Be careful as you reach the top of the ramp, as it empties quite abruptly onto a major, and rather unmarked, intersection.  Go straight towards the City Hall.  Just as you turn left onto Poli St, which becomes Cedar St. Turn right onto Ferro Dr and follow it as it twists around the foothills.