Three areas are described below: The Sepulveda Dam and Basin area, Encino, and Tarzana (including Santa Monica Mountains trails. Areas west of Tampa could be added if anyone would send information and pictures to the email at the bottom of this page. Both and Wikipedia have more information and pictures for these sites.

Sepulveda Dam and Basin

Stretching from the 405 freeway on the east to White Oak Ave. on the west, the 101 freeway on the south and Victory Blvd. on the north, the Basin provides a variety of recreational spaces and catches flood waters when necessary. Access these areas from Woodley Ave., Burbank Blvd., Balboa Blvd., and Victory Blvd. Some of these areas are closed during heavy rains due to flooding.

Woodley Ave.
Wildlife Reserve (with photo gallery)
Woodley Park: (with photo gallery)
     Cricket, picnic, shows/exhibitions,
      amphitheatre, archery, and more.
Japanese Garden
Apollo Field
Woodley Lakes Golf Course

Burbank Blvd.
Hjelte Sports Center - baseball
Encino Golf Course & Balboa Golf Course
Balboa Sports Complex:
   Baseball, Soccer, Gymnasium, Tennis,
   Children's play area, and more

Balboa Blvd.
Balboa Sports Complex (see above)
Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex (with photo gallery)
Lake Balboa and Bull Creek (with Photo Gallery)
Los Angeles River

Victory Blvd.
Pedlow Skateboard park
Off-leash dog park

There are many bike paths in the area, both level and mountain trails.

One walking path surrounds the golf courses going along Burbank Blvd., the Los Angeles River, and Balboa Blvd. Others are noted on the page.


Los Encinos State Historic Park, Ventura Blvd., with an entrance on Moorpark Ave. and easy street parking. Includes a pond with ducks and geese, and historical buildings. Open Wednesday - Sunday.

Encino Park, Ventura Blvd. west of Balboa. Has a music center, children's play area, tennis courts and more.

Sepulveda Garden Center, Magnolia Blvd. & Hayvenhurst Ave. There are individual garden plots, various plant society meetings and occasional botanical shows.

Encino Baseball Complex, Hayvenhurst Ave. Many fields, ample parking in area. Home of Encino Little League

San Vicente Mountain Park is a 10 minute walk from parking on Mulholland Drive.

Lake Balboa Pelican
Lake Balboa


Tarzana Community & Cultural Center - A facility in a park-like setting "dedicated to the community for meetings, activities and programs that nurture community spirit, the arts, education and leadership, and preserve the history and unique cultural qualities of Tarzana." It's on Ventura at Vanalden.

Tarzana Recreation Center - (Tarzana Community Center) North of the 101 Freeway on Vanalden. The center includes a child care center, basketball gym, picnic area, playground, outdoor basketball courts, and baseball fields.

Santa Monica Mountain Trails / Caballero Canyon Trails - access from Reseda Blvd. south of Ventura Blvd.

Mulholland Gateway Park - access from Reseda Blvd. south of Ventura Blvd.

Tarzana Community & Cultural Center

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