Lake Balboa

Lake Balboa


The park around Lake Balboa is formally known as the Anthony C. Beilenson Park, but is know to locals as just Balboa Park or Lake Balboa. It’s located in Van Nuys, just off Balboa Blvd. The area encompasses 80 acres with the 27 acre lake sitting at its center. It’s filled with water that has been reclaimed from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The lake and the park offer up a host of outdoor activities. For athletes, there is a 1.3 mile walking path around the lake and five mile cycling path around the perimeter of the park, as well as nearby cricket fields, an archery range and an unlighted baseball diamond. Swimming is prohibited, but visitors to the lake can fish, as well as go boating on private, motor-free boats. A launching ramp is available for easy exit and entry into the water.

There are large children’s play areas for the little ones and barbeque pits, pavilions and picnic tables for gatherings of families and friends. You can bring your pet to Balboa park, but you must keep it on a leash. There’s plenty of open space to roam and even attempt your hand at flying a kite on a windy day. And if you’ve got game, head to the nearby Balboa Golf Course, Tennis Courts or Sports Complex and get involved in a little friendly competition. Since you can’t go swimming in the lake, there’s also a public swimming pool if you really need to get wet.

In the Spring, the area is lush with the blooms of the Cherry Blossom trees around Lake Balboa. It is the perfect time to visit and stroll among the pink, bloom laden branches. Parking can be challenging on the weekend and the picnic areas may be filled with parties and large gatherings, so keep that in mind when planning your day. Dusk is the most beautiful time of day at Lake Balboa, so plan to stay to watch the sun go down, and don’t forget to bring your camera!




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