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1/11/2012

Free every day: A walk in the park

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Los Angeles isn't known for its expanse of green spaces (though Mayor Villaraigosa's announcement to build 50 more parks over the next two years could change that for the better). But we when we do have parks, it is quite magnificent.


One of my favorite parks is about a mile away from where I live. It is home to a soccer field, a man made lake for kayaking, a japanese garden, golf courses, barbecue areas, bike paths and walking paths galore. One could even play cricket at the Leo Magnus Cricket Complex, see radio controlled planes take flight at  the Apollo XI Model Aircraft Field or see an eyeful of nature at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve.


The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is an umbrella name for a host of facilities: Balboa Sports Center, Hjelte Sports Center, Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park, Sepulveda Garden Center, Sherman Oaks Castle Park, Woodley Park, Encino Golf Course, Balboa Golf Course, and Woodley Lakes Golf Course. Walking around on any given day will never be the same.


Just today, I took a stroll again and found a beautiful blue sky overhead. On the ground, I noticed a lot of squirrels shooting into and out of their burrows. (What a pleasure it was to see their heads pop in out of holes strewn around the park!) The highlight of the day was a white heron sighting right off the bike path. With the Los Angeles River only a stone's throw away, it's no wonder I got to see so much wildlife up close.


White heron by the parking area.
If you have a moment to spare, I'd suggest you pack a picnic basket and head on to your nearest park. With a sunny winter weather like this, why shouldn't Angelenos enjoy the sunshine? Find more info on the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area here.

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