Lake Balboa


Lake Balboa is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California.

It is bordered by the following Los Angeles communities: Encino to the south, Van Nuys to the east, Reseda to the west, and Northridge and North Hills to the north.

There was debate about the official recognition of Lake Balboa as a community by the city of Los Angeles. In January 2006, that the city of Los Angeles adopted a formal community naming process (City of Los Angeles Council File Number 02-0196). This debate had important implications for the official existence of many other Los Angeles communities that were created prior to January 2006. These communities include Arleta, North Hills, Porter Ranch, Valley Glen, Valley Village, West Hills, Winnetka, and many others

On November 2, 2007, the City Council of Los Angeles approved a motion renaming a larger portion of Van Nuys to Lake Balboa.

The new boundaries were the compromise plan worked out with Los Angeles City Councilpersons Greig Smith (CD12) and Tony Cardenas (CD6) that kept Van Nuys Airport and the predominately industrial area north of Saticoy Street east of the airport in Van Nuys.

MGA Entertainment, a toy maker, has its headquarters in the Lake Balboa area.

The Anthony C. Beilenson Park (formerly Balboa Park) is an 80-acre (32 ha) recreation facility in the Sepulveda Flood Basin located in Lake Balboa. The only staff members at the park are lifeguards. The centerpiece of the park is the 27 acres (11 ha) Lake Balboa, filled with water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The park has barbecue pits, a bicycle path, a cascade, a children’s play area, a fly fishing area, a 1.3 miles (2.1 km) jogging path, a lake for fishing (swimming is prohibited), a launch ramp, pedal boats, picnic pavilions and picnic tables, private boating (only boats without motors are accepted, unless the boats are for electric trolling), a remote control boating cove, and toilet facilities. Japanese cherry blossom trees are located in the park. Parking lots exist at the park. The parks and recreation department dedicated a universally accessible playground, a playground designed for handicapped and non-handicapped children, at the Beilenson Park on Monday June 9, 2008.

Woodley Park in Lake Balboa is unstaffed and unlocked. The park has the Apollo 3 Flight Field, an archery range, barbecue pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, a children’s play area, cricket fields, picnic tables, toilets, and a wildlife reservation area. In addition two pocket parks are located in Lake Balboa.[1] The 1.74 acres (0.70 ha) Jesse Owens Mini-Park is unstaffed and unlocked. The park has toilet facilities. Louise Park, an unstaffed, unlocked pocket park, has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, unlighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, and picnic tables.

The area primary and secondary schools are operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District.