Story From Oakwood Communities
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For the past decade, the Wagon Wheel area of Oxnard has been going through an extreme makeover.
Gone are the empty buildings and dirt roads. It has since been replaced with apartments, homes, and the aptly named Wagon Wheel Park.
Oakwood Communities, the developer behind the Wagon Wheel master-planned community, is not done yet.
The first construction project was the most important one: Wagon Wheel Family Apartments. Part of the affordable housing program, these were first offered to the original residents of the Wagon Wheel mobile home park. Of those who remained, the progress they have seen went from uncertainty to comfort
and finally, to enjoyment.
Oakwood Communities has taken great care in preserving historic elements of Wagon Wheel. The Wishing Well, for example, was recreated using bricks from the original Wishing Well from 1948.
The most asked-about elements are the neon signs, specifically Wagon Wheel Bowling signage. Due to its proximity to the 101 freeway, people near and far appreciated the sign’s retro look. The signs are constantly featured on websites and blogs about Americana signage that once was. Because of their significance, these historic elements will be publicly displayed.
Wagon Wheel Park opened in mid-2019. The award-winning park was designed with picnic areas, gazebos and walking trails. The modern playground provides an outlet for play.
The area is move-in ready with many projects still underway.
Oakwood Communities is expanding Wagon Wheel Park by adding dog parks, a basketball court, pickle ball courts, sand volleyball court, and an inclusive ADA tot lot. A craft brewery with a tasting room and restaurant is also underway.
But perhaps the most anticipated project is the Wagon Wheel Bowling alley, due to open in 2022. It will feature some of the original hardwood lanes and signage. Bringing nostalgia and entertainment, it will include a restaurant and bar, private event space, an arcade and theater lounge.