Parks & Programs
Studio City Parks
Studio City is fortunate to have within its boundaries five magnificent public parks for your recreational and outdoor activities.
Four of our parks are City of Los Angeles parks run by the Department of Recreation and Parks. They include Studio City Recreation Center, lovingly know as “Beeman Park,” Moorpark Park, Woodbridge Park, and Coldwater Canyon Park where the environmental organization The TreePeople lives and operates its Center for Community Forestry.
Our fifth park is the world famous Wilacre Park in Fryman Caynon, a part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
Most of Studio City’s sports programs, and recreation classes for children, teens, adults, and seniors are located at Studio City Rec Center/Beeman Park. Co-ed youth sport programs include baseball, basketball, soccer, and flag football. A wide array of classes are also available ranging from sports clinics, dance, self-defense, doubles tennis for seniors, and senior exercise. The Rec Center also provides a pre-school program, and a winter and summer camp.
Beeman Park is known for it landscaping and mature trees that provide a natural shade canopy for the children’s play areas. Facility highlights at Beeman Park include a new jogging path with a PAR Course (also known as a Fitness Trail), an auditorium, barbecue pits, four baseball diamonds, outdoor basketball courts, two play areas, picnic tables, four tennis courts, and legacy gymnastic equipment.
Studio City Recreation Center is located at 12621 Rye St., Studio City, CA 91604. The office phone number is 818-769-4415. Permits maybe required for the fields and picnic areas. The park office will assist you.
The website is http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/studioCityRC.htm.
Moorpark Park and Woodbridge Park are unstaffed “pocket parks”. Moorpark is located at 12061 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604 (the NE corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Moorpark Street). It features a safety fenced child’s play area, spacious green space for picnics or play, and is the location of the Studio City Rotary Club’s quarterly Art and Crafts Show.
Woodbridge Park, located at 11240 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91602, underwent a significant facelift a few years back. Improvements included a new and separate toddler play area, shade canopies for parents and caregivers, chess tables and picnic gazeboes. Woodbridge also features a jogging path, a large play area for children beautiful landscaping, and two large, grassy fields. A new PAR Course is schedule to be installed in 2011.
There are no restroom facilities at either Woodbridge or Moorpark Parks.
Up at the top of the hill at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and Mullholland Drive (on the eastern side of Coldwater) is Coldwater Canyon Park the home of the TreePeople. Quoting from their website, “TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Simply put, our work is about helping nature heal our cities with a mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.”
With more than 70,000 visitors each year, there are a multitude of nature, environmental, and forestry programs and demonstrations available at TreePeople for schools, youth groups, and individuals through its Center for Community Forestry.
There is ample parking, but they ask that you carpool to the park if possible. The TreePeople’s website is http://www.treepeople.org.
Coldwater Canyon Park is adjacent to and the SW entrance to Wilacre Park in Fryman Caynon, a part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Quoting from their website, “The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established by the California State Legislature in 1980. Since that time, it has helped to preserve over 60,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings, and has improved more than 114 public recreational facilities throughout Southern California.”
Located at 3431 Fryman Road, Studio City, CA 91604 in the Eastern Santa Monica Mountains, the 128-acre Wilacre park provides access to the Betty B. Dearing trail and the Cross Mountain Park trail system to Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, and Franklin Canyon Park. It is a local favorite for hikers, nature lovers, and dog walkers of all ages, and highlighted as a destination in many travel books about Los Angeles and Southern California sold throughout the world.
The parking lot is located on the NW corner of Fryman Road and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. (You can also park at TreePeople.) Please be aware: Wilacre Park is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We ask everyone to please respect the neighbor’s privacy, property, landscaping, and boundaries.
Also, please be aware: LAPD has informed the community that parked cars around Wilacre Park are a “hot target.” Please do not leave insight within your vehicle items such as a portable GPS, iPod or iPad, or a purse. If your vehicle does not have a separate, lockable trunk and you are going to take a hike or walk your dog, we recommend that you leave your purse at home and only bring your driver’s license and whatever else you can comfortably carry. Many patrons use “fanny packs.”
In addition to our parks, you can also walk, jog, or bike several stretches of the Los Angeles River Walk with Studio City. Sections of the Southbank of the River can be accessed on both side of Laurel Canyon Boulevard at the river, Whitsett Avenue and the eastern side of Fulton Avenue at the river. The section between Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and Fulton Avenue is where you will find The Village Gardeners of The Los Angeles River and the Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom.
The Village Gardeners website is http://www.thevillagegardeners.org/
As you can see, Studio City is blessed with a cornucopia of public parks and recreational opportunities throughout the community for all ages, interests, level of fitness, and needs. Please actively use and enjoy our parks and open spaces. Recreation amuses, relaxes, stimulates, helps us stay healthy and fit, and provides therapeutic refreshment of one's body and soul.