The park has the Apollo 3 Flight Field, an archery range, barbecue pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, bike & hiking paths, a children's play area, enjoy a game of cricket at the cricket fields, have a picnic, visit the premiere wildlife preserve, and watch enthusiasts as they pilot radio-controlled aircraft! Also in Woodley Avenue Park you’ll find the Japanese Gardens (www.thejapanesegarden.com). Suiho En, the garden of water and fragrance, is a 6½-acre authentic Japanese garden fashioned after “stroll gardens” constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries... [The] facility is unique in that it incorporates three classical designs: a dry karensansui, a wet garden with promenade chisen, and an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating a 4.5 tatami mat tea room. The designer, Dr. Koichi Kawana, pioneered the design of traditional Japanese gardens which utilized plants native to the area of the garden.
Woodley Avenue Park
Anthony C. Beilenson Park (formerly Lake Balboa Park) is an 80-acre water recreation facility within the Sepulveda Flood Control basin. The centerpiece of the park, Lake Balboa, is a 27-acre lake filled with water reclaimed from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Recreation activities include fishing, boating, remote-control boating and jogging/walking. Access is from Balboa Boulevard. In 2008, the Department of Recreation & Parks dedicated a universally accessible playground - a playground designed for handicapped and non-handicapped children. In addition, pets are allowed, but must be leashed (owners are responsible for defecation removal and please note that dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake!).
Ventura (101) Freeway east bound:
Use the Balboa Blvd exit. Turn left (under the 101 fwy), turn right on Burbank Blvd (the first traffic light). Continue past the Encino Golf Course then turn left on Woodley Avenue. Go North on Woodley Avenue, then only 1 mile to the park (on right)!
Ventura (101) Freeway west bound:
Transition to the San Diego (405) Freeway North and follow the instructions below.
San Diego (405) Freeway north bound:
Use the Burbank Blvd. exit (first exit after the Ventura Fwy interchange). Turn left (over the San Diego Fwy). Continue .5 mile to Woodley Ave and turn right. Go North on Woodley Avenue, then only 1 mile to the park (on right)!
San Diego (405) Freeway south bound:
Use the Victory Blvd exit. Head West on Victory Blvd for .5 mile to Woodley Ave and turn left. Go South on Woodley Ave for .8 mile to the park (on left).
Woodley Avenue Park
6350 Woodley Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91436