2012-05-31 / Front Page
Cleanup day paired with soccer tournament may leave traffic a mess
Traffic congestion is expected at the Thousand Oaks Community Cleanup and Recycling Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., June 2 at Conejo Creek Park South on Janss Road. The event is free to Thousand Oaks residents (ID is required).
A statewide soccer tournament will also take place on June 2 at the Conejo Creek Park athletic fields.
The cleanup event normally draws around 2,000 vehicles in seven hours. The soccer tournament will host 62 teams from around the state, and hundreds of additional cars are expected.
Traffic will be heaviest between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Janss Road near the 23 Freeway, where event participants will be arriving, said Rod Cordova, assistant analyst for the City of Thousand Oaks. In the afternoon, cars will exit near Paige Lane.
Additional traffic is expected from visitors to the nearby Thousand Oaks Library, Teen Center and Goebel Adult Community Center.
Cordova said the city was informed that the cleanup and soccer events would happen the same day a few weeks ago but decided not to reschedule because the popular recycling day had already been advertised.
Tom Hare, an administrator in Conejo Recreation and Park District’s parks and planning division, said the busy streets would not pose a problem.
“We feel we can coexist with the utmost cooperation between the City of Thousand Oaks and AYSO,” Hare said.
To reduce the traffic impacts, city officials are offering residents two free vouchers for use between May 26 and June 9 at the Simi Valley Landfill.
Residents can obtain a free disposal voucher at www.toaks.org/GoGreen. Proof of Thousand Oaks residence is required.
A list of materials accepted at the landfill can be found at www.keepingventuracountyclean.com/materials.
Acceptable materials for Community Cleanup Day are household trash, electronics (TVs and computers can also be dropped off daily at Goodwill, 140 W. Hillcrest Drive), tires (limit four tires per resident), yard trimmings and scrap metal. Also offered is on-site personal document destruction with a six-box limit of paper only; no business waste.
Residents can also donate new or gently used items such as clothing, appliances and furniture to Goodwill. Daily drop-off is available at the Hillcrest store.
Materials not accepted at the event are hazardous waste such as batteries, paint and oil, and commercial waste, including material from landscaping companies.
Residents can register online at www.toaks.org/Gogreen for monthly hazardous waste collections.
Residents should be prepared to unload their own vehicles at the event.
For more information on Community Cleanup and Recycling Day or to download a free disposal voucher, visit www.toaks.org/GoGreen.