Joyland completely shut down in 1927 and the property was purchased from PG&E by Mr. and Mrs. Valentine McClatchy. The park, which was owned by PG&E, attracted an estimated 10,000 visitors. Lotar A. Lampe Sr. Located adjacent to Midtown Sacramento and within close proximity of Highway 99 and 50, Oak Park development began in the 1880s and has since grown into an urban community. Oak Park was not always known as a struggling community. in 1909 before being moved to Cal Expo in 1968. 2. 10. [3], Four of Sacramento's seven downtown streetcar lines terminated in Oak Park. The street's arts and entertainment could be found at the Victor Theater (Guild Theater), the California Theater, the Belmonte Gallery or the outdoor theater and pavilion at the park. Artist: J Hesse. In 1887, real estate developer Edwin Alsip subdivided the 230-acre William Doyle ranch into 56 whole and partial blocks and gave the subdivision the name “Oak Park,” named after an eight-acre oak grove at its center. The founder of Oak Park, Edwin K. Alsip, who was also a real estate developer, bought the land from a farmer in 1887. While under development, Oak Park was sold to potential home buyers and business owners as "The Eden of California" due to the promise of trees. He was killed in action, just six days before the armistice that ended the First World War. 9. In 1920, a fire destroyed most of the rides and attractions and although much of it was restored, the automobile caused a decline in visitors since people had more freedom to move. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images), Modesto police investigating suspicious death of 1-month baby, CHP: 12 killed in crashes, 315 busted for DUIs during Thanksgiving max enforcement period, Kings reunite with Hassan Whiteside, agree to one-year deal, Pacific Tigers suspend women's basketball program after member tests positive for coronavirus. The old Oak Park fairgrounds, with its tree-lined avenues and graceful brick buildings was a favorite summertime gathering spot for all of Sacramento. Oak Park's sense of community started to decline in the early 1960s as a result of the freeway expansio… During the 1980s / 90's further deterioration of the living standards were exacerbated by frequent occurrences of petty theft, street crime, drug activities, and gang-related violence. The California State Fairgrounds was moved to Stockton Boulevard, an area on the east side of Oak Park, and another streetcar line was added, c… An early Oak Park resident, Cledith Hastings, was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1917 during World War I. 5. The area also suffered a loss of working class jobs which were moved to other parts of Sacramento. Oak Park is informally bounded by U.S. Route 50 to the north, Stockton Boulevard to the east, the South Sacramento (99) Freeway to the west and Fruitridge Road to the south. Extremely involved in community service projects and programs. The street was home to the Piggly-Wiggly, Park Meat Market, and Arata Bros markets; Steen's Corner Saloon; Azevedo's Women's Apparel; Janek and Scurfield canvass goods, Citizens Bank of Oak Park; the Ben Franklin variety store; and many others. Callie Carney, Co-founder, CEO, President, Director of Women's Civic Improvement Center, Greater Sacramento Urban League, This page was last edited on 26 May 2020, at 03:10. 6. In addition to being Sacramento's first suburb, Oak Park also developed a second "downtown" retail and entertainment district, distinct from Sacramento's downtown, running along 35th Street between Sacramento Blvd (Martin Luther King) to the north and 5th Ave and the park to the South. Alsip had a vision of dividing the farmer's land into smaller plots, which would be an affordable option for the working class outside of Sacramento. Neighborhood of Sacramento in California, United States, Historic site of the California State Fair grounds, University of California Davis Medical Center, "Oak Park Neighborhood Association (OPNA)", "City of Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History – Walking Tours",,_Sacramento,_California&oldid=958870426, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox settlement with bad settlement type, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Oak Park was the only real Sacramento suburb for some time. This grove became the neighborhood park, and the terminus of the Central Street Railway streetcar line, also owned by … The horse-drawn streetcars were replaced by cable cars, and shortly after, electric trolley cars. A Short History Of Oak Park In 1887, Edwin Alsip subdivided the 230-acre William Doyle ranch into 56 whole or partial blocks and gave his subdivision the name “Oak Park.” Lots were sold to individual buyers, who arranged for the construction of their own homes, although this process was slowed by the purchase of many lots by speculators. Oak Park became home for many Southern Pacific Rail Yard workers which defined the neighborhood's working class character that is still true today. He also volunteered many hours at both the Oak Park Community Center and Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School, while also raising his two teenage granddaughters. Joyland was born when the park was renovated to include an amusement park, electric lights, and swimming pool. Sacramento High School was built in Oak Park in 1922, becoming the first high school outside the urban core. The future of Oak Park is still unknown as development plans are still being discussed, but the area's roots still stand. Oak Park is Sacramento's first suburb. Meanwhile, a short Route 5 would run east from the Oak Park terminus and end at the Historic site of the California State Fair grounds on Stockton Boulevard.[4][5]. Oak Park's sense of community started to decline in the early 1960s as a result of the freeway expansion, declining property values and families moving out to the suburb communities now made easily accessible by the freeway expansion programs. The State Fair Grounds were opened adjacent to Oak Park on Stockton Blvd. [3], Joyland caught fire in 1920 and never reopened. in community service, volunteered with Probation to supervise probationers that were doing community service hours, and volunteered whenever possible in events that beautified improved and led to change in Oak Park. By William Burg Photos courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History. Between 1960 and 1980, Oak Park took a devastating loss due to new economic trends. The 1960s Interstate freeway expansion program physically divided many historic Sacramento neighborhoods like Oak Park creating isolated areas of poverty or relative prosperity. The Central California Traction Company also ran an interurban rail line from Downtown Sacramento to Stockton. 3. Oak Park is a neighborhood in Sacramento, California. As economic conditions continued to improve in the early 1900s, so did the area. Recently, the early 2000s saw a slew of real estate speculators and building contractors buying up low-priced homes in some parts of Oak Park that were either abandoned or sold off as unmanageable, and turning them around and reselling them as reasonably priced starter homes, often with financial government assistance. The early 1900s saw Oak Park as a culturally thriving and economically vibrant, destination neighborhood,[2][3] due in part to its strong sense of community and its ties with and proximity to the Historic site of the California State Fair grounds. Worked with the Sacramento P.D. The Gold Rush turned Sacramento into a … Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood has a deep history. [1] It is situated within the city limits and provides easy access to Downtown Sacramento. In 1895, Oak Park (McClatchy Park) featured acres of shady oak trees, a zoo, carousel, and ballpark. In its infancy, Sacramento's first suburb became something of a second central center with affordable housing, thriving businesses and entertainment. The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific Sacramento Campus, Sacramento High School, and Christian Brothers High School are located in this neighborhood. In 1927, Valentine McClatchy purchased the land and gave it to the city to become a city park, named in honor of his father James McClatchy, the founder of the Sacramento Bee.[6].