Sepulveda Basin


Play the L.A. River is a come-one-come-all project by the arts collective Project 51 -- a collective of L.A. River-loving artists, designers, planners, writers, educators -- that invites Angelenos to explore, enjoy, reclaim, and reimagine the mighty L.A. River as a grand civic space that can green and connect our communities.


CARD: 6 of Valley

SITE: 6300 Balboa Boulevard, Los Angeles 91316

The greenest 2 miles and egret central -- in a 2000 acre city parks area with a lake, a Japanese garden, cricket fields, and pretty much everything else.

A lush green oasis in the middle of the San Fernando Valley, Sepulveda Basin is the Valley's Central Park. With a soft-bottomed L.A. River running through much of its acreage, this area has been one of two sites selected for the L.A. River Recreation Zone. Kayak rides have been offered here in the past, providing a natural view of the river and surroundings that makes you forget that you are in the middle of a big city.

A 9-mile bike loop takes you through much of the park, where you'll see Angelenos engaged in all manners of physical activities. You'll also catch glimpses of the Los Angeles River in a much more natural form. The 225-acre Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is one of the few areas on the Los Angeles River specifically set aside for wildlife, featuring a lake with a bird refuge island, and extensive native plant re-vegetation. The surrounding 2.6 mile walk features some of the best and most accessible bird watching in the L.A. basin.

With plans to connect a bike path along the L.A. River from its headwaters in Canoga Park, through Reseda Park, to the Sepulveda Basin, this park will soon become even more attractive as a hub for outdoor activities in the San Fernando Valley.

Photo: Justin Cram

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