The project will be built on 11 acres next to the 6-year-old Civic Arts Plaza, home to Thousand Oaks' City Hall and its Performing Arts Center. The land is flanked by boxy, outdated storefronts along Thousand Oaks Boulevard in what was the city's original retail corridor. A $6-million public garden is being built across the street.
City officials say they are counting on Discovery Park to draw a crowd year round, not just to itself but to other stores on the boulevard, the arts plaza, the public gardens and an ambitious future project known as the Ventura County Discovery Center, a children's science facility. That multimillion-dollar effort can't get off the ground until more private money is raised, but it is envisioned to include an Imax theater and would take advantage of its proximity to the new shops and restaurants.