Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan

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Second Community Meeting

Join us for an update on the Vision Plan at an interactive open house, where we’ll present draft ideas for the future of the Basin. We want your feedback as we develop initial alternatives and enhancements for the Sepulveda Basin.

Date: June 20, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Mid-Valley YMCA 6901 Lennox Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
Format: Presentation followed by an open house

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Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan Project

About the Project
The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is an approximately  2,000-acre flood management basin located in the San Fernando Valley near the intersection of the 101 and 405 Freeways. The Basin is owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and includes parks and recreational facilities managed primarily by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks.

Need for Vision Plan
The Sepulveda Basin is the largest public open space in the San Fernando Valley, but surrounding neighborhoods are significantly lacking green open spaces with only 0.2 acres of park per 1000 people in Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks – significantly below the LA County goal of 4 acres/1000 people. While the Sepulveda Basin does provide recreational opportunities for the San Fernando Valley, it can be difficult to access and navigate, areas are underutilized and could be enhanced to provide better natural habitat, recreation, and cultural spaces. 

Goals of Vision Plan
The Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan sets out to establish a long-term strategic plan for the future of the Basin which will:

  • Increase resilience of the Basin and surrounding neighborhoods. 
  • Increase ecosystem function within the Basin using nature based solutions.
  • Create natural functioning of the LA River and Tributaries.
  • Improve interface between recreation and ecological areas.
  • Improve water quality of streams and outlets entering the Basin.
  • Improve multi-modal transportation access to the Basin and within the Basin.
  • Enhance recreational, educational and cultural programming.

Current Sepulveda Basin Amenities
The Basin is currently home to parks, a wildlife preserve, three golf courses, an 80-acre sports field, an archery range, playgrounds, bike paths, hiking trails, tennis courts, a velodrome, Balboa Lake with boat rentals and fishing, the Balboa Park and Sports Center, a Japanese garden, cricket grounds at Woodley Park, model aircraft field and a dog park. An unpaved stretch of the Los Angeles River flows through the Basin surrounded by vegetation and is a home to wildlife.


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