As with most of LA, we have gorgeous parks. But ours are also surrounded by lovely neighborhoods that look as if time has stood still. As if, at any moment, Andy Griffith and Ron Howard will whistle down the path beside you. I wish! Okay, so I watched a lot of old TV shows growing up. But I have always looked for that. The relaxed feeling of a park surrounded by gorgeous trees, neighbors with their dogs or strollers or both sauntering by and a sense of endless summer. Picnics on immaculate grass where you and your children can feel safe in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world.
I love the mini parks ie Carlson Park and Coombs park. Just an area half a block long with no playground but full of trees and always full of people throwing a frisbee, practicing tai chi or little mommy groups enjoying our near perfect weather. Just being outside. It breaks up the pattern of the neighborhood and gives people a special and hidden meeting spot.
Many of our playgrounds have recently received super cool updates. Local organizations banded together and raised the money to modernize our parks.
Two of the best results are to Vets park. Located behind the Veterans Building at the corner of Culver & Overland Blvds., the huge lush area is in constant use.
There are public tennis, handball and basketball courts. Two baseball fields. And a great kids playground. This is also the park where Fiesta La Ballona is held every August. The carnival comes to town and it is an amazing affair. Rides, cotton candy, ferris wheel, local groups perform...you get the idea. On any given weekend, you will always see a fun gathering for a birthday party or group event.
On the same grounds there is "the plunge." This is an outdoor swimming pool that offers lap swimming, classes and swimming groups all year long. The daily 9am water fitness class is a blast. It is a great way to meet the older residents of Culver City, who are a truly fun group and in fantastically good shape. Hey, there's hope for the future, right?
The other park to receive a fabulous update is Bill Botts Park. It is located at the corner of Dusquesne and Jefferson.
The whole park is laid out on a hill starting with a large tree filled grassy area and close to Jefferson is a fenced in skate park. It's really fun to go and watch all the kids doing wicked on their skateboards. Just next to that is a beautiful new playground with all sorts of interesting things to climb. And beyond that is a large gathering area filled with picnic tables and shade.
Keep in mind, that above the playground is "The Boneyard" dog run for big and little dogs and also a long hike follows up the hill to a large baseball field. You can come down the hill via a long wood covered walkway the zig zags down past a great rock climbing area to the parking lot. This is seriously one stop shopping with something for everyone of your family.
Lindberg Park is nestled in a lovely neighborhood between Overland and Jefferson and the La Ballona Creek Bike Path, which goes all the way to Marina Del Rey and is a must do for the whole family and avid cyclists. Kinston, Cota and Virginia Streets all run into Lindberg Park. At one end is a large covered picnic area next to a baseball field.
There is a beautifully walled in co-op preschool called La Playa Nursery School. There is a huge kids playground - my favorite - with lots of things to climb - a train, a boat, tire swings, etc. The baseball diamond has stadium seating and there are two tennis and basketball courts and two huge soccer fields.
On the far east of Culver City is Syd Kronenfeld Park, right next to Echo Horizon Private school. It is not as big as others and doesn't have as many trees but its fun and has two playing fields. Its sits beside Ballona Creek bike path and National Blvd. It has a small sandy playground and a lovely covered patio table area for events.
At the very far west of Culver City is a wonderful park called Glen Alla Park with large grassy fields for dogs to run in while your kids are right beside you in a fenced in playground that is really swank. It's one of the most creavtive playgrounds I've been too. THere are also basketball and tennis courts and lots of easy parking. It is a stones throw away from Marina Del Rey and is located at the corner of Glencoe Ave. and Alla road.