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Outdoor Recreation

The Sepulveda Basin Dog Park is a playground for happy pets

6-1/2 acre Japanese Garden
Hiking Trails
Sepulveda Basin Recreation Center
Dog Parks
Bike Paths
There are about 9 miles of bike paths that go in and around the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. The paths are flat and easy.

Encino Velodrome
Bicycle track racing, as well as training programs for riders and racers.

Lake Balboa
Lake Balboa, a 27 acre lake, is located at 6300 Balboa Boulveard in Van Nuys.

Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

Gardens & Horticulture Centers
The Japanese Garden
Tours by reservation only:
(818) 756-8166
This colorful spot is an authentic Japanese garden featuring a Zen meditation garden; “wet strolling” area with waterfalls, lakes, and streams; and an authentic teahouse with an adjacent tea garden. Free docent-guided tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings.

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
Wildlife Area Manager: (818) 756-9710
Ringed by mountains, rivers and streams, the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is haven of rest for wildlife and humans alike, a welcome oasis within an urban setting. It is here where the visitor of today can get a sense of what this part of the San Fernando Valley might have been like before agriculture and urban settlement forever changed the Valley floor.
The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is located near Burbank Boulevard and can be entered on either Burbank Blvd. or Woodley Avenue.

Recreation Centers
Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area
Woodley Avenue between Burbank and Victory Blvd. Presently available at the 2,031 acre park are three 18-hole golf courses, a 100-acre outdoor athletic field, four baseball diamonds, a 20-acre picnic area, a wildlife refuge and lake, bike paths and a model airplane field.

Lake Balboa
(818) 756-9743
Anthony C. Beilenson Park is an 80 acre water recreation facility within the Sepulveda Flood Control basin. The centerpiece of the park, Lake Balboa, is a 27 acre lake. Recreation activities include fishing, boating, remote-control boating and jogging/walking. Access is from Balboa Boulevard.

City of Los Angeles Recreation & Parks Department
6335 Woodley Avenue
(818) 756-8616

Dog Parks
Sepulveda Basin Dog Park
Victory Boulevard between White Oak Avenue and Encino Avenue. A full five acres of fenced off-leash dog park; one acre separate for small dogs.

Calabasas Bark Park
(818) 878-4242
4232 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas

Laurel Canyon Dog Park
West of Laurel Canyon at 8260 Mulholland Dr. Large fenced area for both large and small dogs.

Whitnall Highway Dog Park
Cahuenga Boulevard at Whitnall Highway, North Hollywood

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