Fact Sheet

Sepulveda Dam Recreational Opportunities

Published Aug. 23, 2016

Sepulveda Dam Recreational Opportunities

The Corps strives to balance flood risk management, recreational opportunities, and preservation of natural resources for current and future generations. At Sepulveda Dam, recreation includes a total of 234.6 acres. The recreational opportunities within Sepulveda include:

The Sepulveda Golf Courses consist of two 18-hole public golf courses, Balboa Golf Course and Encino Golf Course. The golf course complex includes a pro shop, a lighted driving range, practice putting greens, practice chipping greens, cart rentals, club rentals, restrooms, and a restaurant with banquet rooms and a lounge.

Woodley Lakes Municipal Golf Course, built in 1976, is a public course with 18 holes with a total length of 6,803 yards. The course includes a pro shop, a lighted driving range, practice putting greens, practice chipping greens, cart rental, club rental, and a restaurant with a banquet facilities and lounge, and restroom amenities and a concession stand.

Anthony C. Beilenson Park occupies approximately 80 acres of land. The centerpiece of the park is Lake Balboa, a 27 acre recreation lake. Surrounding the lake are picnic areas which include barbecue pits and picnic tables, drinking fountains, rest rooms, shelters, a 1.3 mile jogging/walking path with covered benches provided along the path. Amenities include a first aid/lifeguard station, a fly casting area, fishing, boat, and remote-control boating.

A Universally Accessible Playground (UAP) is located south of Lake Balboa in Anthony C. Beilenson Park. It includes two separate play areas, one section for two- to five-year-olds, and one for five- to twelve-year-olds.

Bull Creek Restoration Area is located on approximately 28 acres and includes 3,000 feet of restored Bull Creek. Pedestrian bridges and walkways provide access, and interpretative nodes offer educational opportunities to visitors.

Balboa Sports Complex is an 85-acre area which includes four lighted baseball diamonds with bleachers for spectator seating, a tennis center with 16 lighted courts, a tennis pro shop, outdoor basketball courts which are lighted, children’s play areas at two locations, an unlighted soccer field, a lighted football field, lighted volleyball courts, and the Balboa Park Community Center with an indoor gymnasium.

Woodley Park covers 80-acres and includes barbeque pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, children’s play area, picnic tables, parking, and restrooms.

The Japanese Garden is located on the grounds of the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and covers an area of 6.5 acres. The garden serves to demonstrate the beneficial use of reclaimed water. An admission fee is charged to enter the garden.

The Woodley Park Archery Range is located on approximately 8 acres of land adjacent to Woodley Park. Amenities include a partially enclosed 18 meter short range, a 90 meter long range which has 12 lanes and is equipped with compressed bales, and restrooms. The long range is ADA- accessible.

Leo Magnus Cricket Complex contains two fields which are located in the northeastern portion of the Basin. The Cricket Fields include bleachers, a picnic area with picnic tables, restrooms, and a parking lot.

The Model Airplane Field is located northwest of the confluence of Woodley Creek and the Los Angeles River, and occupies approximately 15 acres and includes an open graded field for radio controlled and tethered model airplanes. The field has a parking lot and restroom amenities.

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area covers an area of 130 acres and is located in the northeastern portion of the Basin, and it features a 12- acre wildlife lake with a .75- acre bird-refuge island. The area also has an educational staging area and amphitheater, pathways with signage and viewing areas, reconfigured and re-vegetated Haskell Creek, and pedestrian bridges crossing the creek.

Hjelte Sports Center is an approximately 12-acre facility with four lighted baseball fields, bleachers at each field, restroom amenities, a concession stand, and a storage facility.

Sepulveda Garden Center is approximately 12-acres and provides 800 garden plots for local citizens to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Each plot is 10 feet wide by 20 feet wide. A fee is charged for use of the garden plots. Additional amenities include public telephones, first aid supplies, and restrooms. A greenhouse is available for gardeners for germinating of seeds for transplanting.

Libbit Park occupies approximately 3.6 acres. It is landscaped but does not include any formal amenities.

Encino Baseball Complex is a 12-acre complex consists of five lighted baseball fields, restroom amenities, snack stand, batting cages, and lighted scoreboards.

Sherman Oaks Castle Park contains a miniature golf course occupying approximately 5.3 acres. The facility has three landscaped miniature golf courses, each with 18 holes. The facility also has an arcade with video games, batting cages, a concession stand, and areas for parties.

Franklin Fields cover approximately 28 acres and include 15 lighted little league baseball fields, electronic scoreboards, concession stands, bleachers, restrooms, and parking. The fields were developed by Encino Franklin Fields, Inc., a non-profit organization.

White Oak Avenue Fields cover approximately 13 acres in area and include three baseball fields, a snack bar, equipment storage, an unpaved parking lot, and restrooms.

Encino Velodrome is a cycling facility that includes a lighted, banked, 250-meter oval bicycle racing track and a concession stand.

ONEgeneration S. Mark Taper Intergenerational Center and surrounding grounds occupy approximately 7-acres. The center, formerly known as the Valley Youth Center, provides various services to seniors and infants and children age 6 months to 6 years including intergenerational services (adult daycare and children daycare in a shared setting) and programs that intertwine human needs for both giving and receiving meaningful daily contact. In the summer months, the Center serves as a cooling site for the elderly to escape the Valley’s often excessive heat. A soccer field is located to the west.

Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is a 13.7-acre park which includes a fenced area for small-dogs, a fenced area for medium/timid dogs, and an area for large dogs. The fenced areas are enclosed with a 4- foot high cyclone fence. The facility has a picnic area and a parking lot for 100 cars.

Pedlow Field Skate-Park was completed in 2001, and is located on approximately 3.4 acres. The concrete skate bowl is 8,500 square feet. 

Bike Trails in the basin cover approximately ten miles in total distance. The bike trails run along the perimeter of the Basin and through the Basin parallel to Balboa Boulevard and Woodley Avenue. The bike trail system shares a parking lot and staging area with the Woodley Lakes Golf Course.

Recreation Areas

Sepulveda Dam Reservoir Existing Recreation

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