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Lake Balboa

In Los Angeles, on the southern edge of Van Nuys, just off Balboa Boulevard, lies a surprising, wonderful little retreat from Los Angeles: Anthony C. Beilenson Park (FKA: Balboa Park). A person could easily drive right by the entrance without getting much of a clue as to what lies inside.

Anthony C. Beilenson Park is home to a sprawling, 27-acre, man-made lake filled with reclaimed water where ducks, swans, water birds, a few turtles, and tons of coots (AKA: “pirate birds” in part due to their red eyes, black bodies, and white beaks) float about. It is stocked with fish for fishing. The lake is encircled by a 1.3-mile cement walking path, with scattered benches for resting and taking in the view. Near the southeast side of the lake is a large playground area.

In the grass on either side of the walking path, families, friends, and couples rest and picnic. Children’s birthday parties are a frequent sight on weekends. On one Saturday when I visited, a gorgeous 1920’s-themed wedding took place with the lake and blossoming cherry trees (the trees blossom for a few weeks, usually in March) as a backdrop. The park is much more sedate on weekdays.

Anthony C. Beilenson Park is located at 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. The park is usually open from sunrise to sunset, seven days per week, although it is subject to closure for inclement weather.

I did this on March 16, 2013, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Jen (California, USA)