Relaxation Awaits: A Guide to Parks Near LA ORT

Relaxation Awaits: A Guide to Parks Near LA ORT

As a student, it can be easy to get busy and forget to make free time for yourself. One of the easiest ways to take advantage of free time in Los Angeles is to visit all of the beautiful and unique parks the city has open to the public. Below are three of the best parks closest to each of LA ORT’s campuses and all of the fun things they offer for you to enjoy. So, take a break from studying (or bring your books) and visit one of these parks close to you!

Beverly Gardens Park

Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A very iconic sign resides in this park closest to the LA ORT main campus. This 2 mile linear park lies along Santa Monica Blvd and is home to the famous Beverly Hills sign off of N. Canon Dr. This beautiful park also features a cactus garden, rose garden, several fountains, and a decomposed granite jogging/walking path. It is a great spot to duck away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pan Pacific Park
7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This park features many amenities for those looking for a more active or lengthy break in the Summer time. If you’re looking to picnic, the park has many seating areas with barbecue pits. If you’re looking to exercise, there is outdoor workout equipment, outdoor basketball courts, a public swimming pool, and plenty of room to run, jog, or walk. On top of all of that, the park also features a public library, a recently added holocaust museum, and is located right next to the grove!

La Cienega Park
8400 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The closest park to the LA ORT main campus, La Cienega Park is just a short 10-minute walk away!  If you’re looking for a break from sitting in class, this park has baseball fields, a dirt-running trail, and outdoor workout equipment to keep you active. If you’re just looking for a different place to study, don’t worry. This park also has its own wireless internet for you to use.


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Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve 
6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406

Split into two parts (North of Burbank Blvd. and South), the Sepulveda Wildlife Basin is a short 11-minute drive from the LA ORT Van Nuys Campus. This park is the best to escape from a busy urban setting without having to leave the Valley. There is a Cricket field at the entrance across from an archery range. The north part of the park features a man-made lake with a “bird refuge island”. There are many spots along this lake to watch wildlife. Because of the many wild birds on location, dogs are not allowed at the Wildlife Basin; but if you’re looking for a place to take your dog, the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park is just a short walk away- near the corner of Victory and White Oak.

Lake Balboa Park 
6300 Balboa Blvd Van Nuys, CA 91406

Another park close by that features a man-made lake is the Lake Balboa Park. This lake is great for watching ducks, swans, and geese with their young. The lake is also lined with beautiful cherry blossom trees to add to the view. Paddleboat rentals are available as well, if you’re there on the weekend. The lake also features a very scenic route to run, jog, bike, skate, or any combination of those! Bike rentals are available if you don’t have a bike of your own. If you’re looking for a more stationary workout, the park also has some outdoor workout equipment.

Lake Hollywood Park 
3200 Canyon Lake Dr Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Lake Hollywood Park may be further from the Van Nuys campus than the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve and Lake Balboa, but it is well worth the trek. This green oasis is nestled right under the Hollywood sign. Although the paths to-and-from the park itself may be crowded with those trying to capture a photo of the sign, the park itself is a bit of a sanctuary to those looking for a nice place to relax. The park offers a small playground, picnic benches, and some shade to seek comfort in. Although this park is not an off-leash dog friendly park, many park-goers still bring their pups along to play.

No matter what park you choose, it’s always a great idea to get outside to enjoy the warm and beautiful California weather. Have a wonderful summer, students!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.