Libby Lake Community Center

Libby Lake Community Center
4700 North River Road
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 435-3600
(760) 435-3610 fax

Program Information

Libby Lake Community Resource Center
Suite A
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

For more information concerning programs, events, and space availability please contact:

Lewis Chavez
Community Resource Center Assistant
(760) 435-3601
(760) 435-3610 fax
lchavez@ci.oceanside.ca.us

Partnering Agencies at Libby Lake

Vista Community Clinic
Suite B
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(760) 631-5000
Vista Community Clinic Project R.E.A.C.H.
Suite C
Monday – Friday
2:00 – 6:00 pm
(760) 631-5000 Ext.  3178
SER Jobs for Progress
Suite A and C
(760) 547-2871
Veterans Village of San Diego (Wounded Warriors and Courage to Call)
Suite A
(760) 433-9033
Libby Lake Neighborhood Association
(760) 435-3600
C3 / Rady Children's Hospital Development Treatment Class
Suite C
Wednesdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (pre-registration required)
Xochilt Castillo (858) 966-8014

History

In July 1998, the City of Oceanside partnered with residents of the Libby Lake neighborhood (then known as Calle Montecito) and Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods – a collaborative of local health agencies and social service providers – on the Calle Montecito Revitalization Project. The goal of the project was to reclaim and revitalize the community which had declined since initial development in the mid-1960s and was plagued by gang and drug-related criminal activity. An abandoned convenience store at the entrance to the neighborhood, representative of the decline the neighborhood had experienced, was purchased by the City and converted into a Community Resource Center using Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Community Resource Center, operated by the Neighborhood Services Department in collaboration with Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods, provided a neighborhood site at which residents could obtain information and services from health and social service agencies, and a drop-in after school program. The center also provided a base for community mobilization, providing the opportunity for residents to learn organizational and leadership skills through service providers, and to meet with neighbors and City representatives including members of the Oceanside Police Department’s community policing team (Then known as the Neighborhood Enhancement Team -NETWORK) to address problems in the community. Problems of crime, drugs, and gang violence were greatly reduced through resident empowerment, additional programs for youth and families, and Oceanside Police Department’s community-oriented policing programs, which led to improved cooperation and communication between police and citizens. Housing and Code Enforcement staff worked with residents to improve the quality and appearance of housing in the area, and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department made major improvements at Libby Lake Park, adding and upgrading amenities and restoring it to a beautiful park.

The development of the new Libby Lake Community Center was a key component of the Revitalization Plan, a collaborative effort between the City, the Libby Lake Neighborhood Association, Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods, Vista Community Clinic, the California Endowment, Community Housing Works, and North County Lifeline. Funding for construction was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the form of a Community Development Block Grant and a Section 108 loan. The new 13,000 square-foot building opened in October 2003. Services at the site include a Community Resource Center, a full service community clinic operated by Vista Community Clinic, a Computer lab for public access, the SER job training center and Vista Community Clinic’s Project REACH youth program, providing after school services to area teens. Services are also offered for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan through Veterans Village of San Diego’s "Wounded Warriors" and "Courage to Call" programs located in the Resource Center. A community room at the site is used for meetings of the Libby Lake Neighborhood Association as well as classes offered by non-profit health and social service agencies that benefit the community. Brother Benno’s also offers monthly supplemental food baskets to needy families in the area, distributed through the resource center.