Foster Care: What’s next for one of the area’s forgotten gems?
Story by Bill Warner
Your first glimpse of the Foster Park Bowl is practically guaranteed to be unforgettable. You come around a curve on Casitas Vista Road, about three-quarters of a mile north of California State Route 33, and suddenly it’s staring right at you through the trees: a stern countenance of reinforced concrete, surrounded by tall oaks, tucked into a ravine on the west side of the road.
What you are seeing is actually an old, open-air amphitheater, built in the late 1920s, but you might not think so at first, even if you’ve driven up there looking for it, because the building has an authoritarian air about it, as institutional at first glance as a private sanitarium or a rural jail.