The reservoir pond at Franklin Canyon Park. Just one of many
great places to enjoy the mountains near Laurel Canyon.
There is an adundance of recreational hiking opportunities in
and near Laurel Canyon. After all, Laurel Canyon is situated in one of
the largest natural areas in the county, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
Within five minutes of any house in the canyon are six parks: Runyon Canyon
Park, Fryman Canyon (with the Fryman Canyon Overlook), Coldwater Canyon
Park, Wilacre Park (where the Tree People organization is headquartered),
Franklin Canyon Park (that includes the Willam O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom),
and Laurel Canyon Park. All of these parks offer great hiking and jogging
opportunities. Fido has it especially good here as all of these parks
allow dogs. Some offer picnic facilities.
is no local multi-purpose, kid-safe park in our area suitable for games
and family play. The nearest of these are either in the Valley or in Hollywood
and West Hollywood. On this count, we should be aware that Los Angeles
ranks near the bottom of US cities in terms of access per capita of multi-purpose
parks. All parks in Los Angeles are currently over used, and playing fields
are especially short in number.
Sadly, for the thousands
of kids who grow up in our hillside communities, there is no safe place
to toss a ball or learn how to ride a bike. For that parents must burn
gas and fight traffic for twenty minutes to get to the nearest and crowded
multi-purpose park. Even Wonderland School with an enrollment of over
400 students does not have a playing field. Only two small paved yards.
A map showing nearby recreational opportunities for the public.
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Your Laurel Canyon Association
Geology and Climate
Early Canyon History
View From Lookout Mtn, 1906
20th Century Canyon History
Flora and Fauna
Quality of Life Issues
What To Do: Fire
What To Do: Rain & Flood
A Blueprint For Paradise