Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan

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Community Open House #1 - February 8, 2023

Join us for our first Community Meeting on Wednesday February 8!

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (Engineering), in partnership with Council Districts 2, 3, 4 and 6, the Office of the Mayor and multiple federal, state and local partners, invites you to the first Community Meeting for the Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan on February 8. This meeting will take place in person, not virtually.

Date: Wednesday February 8, 2023 - In-person meeting

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91316

Format: Presentation followed by an open house

Please RSVP at The RSVP is not required, but helps us better accommodate everyone in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Your participation in this process is essential to achieving a unified vision for this important public space. We hope you can join us!

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:

  • Propose designs that can be implemented in phases to improve the visitor experience, 
  • Improve opportunities for recreation, 
  • Improve access throughout the Basin, 
  • Improve the habitat areas and ecosystem function, 
  • Investigate the natural functions of the LA River and its tributaries within the Basin, and
  • Improve the flood risk management function of the Basin.

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 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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