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Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan

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The Draft Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan is now available for public review and comments.

We would like your input! 

1. Read the plan by downloading it HERE.
2. Provide comments by filling out the public comment form HERE.
Comments are invited between October 18th and December 18th, 2023.

Thank you!


Community Meeting 5 - Thursday, December 7, 6-8pm

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of 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 upcoming Community Meeting and panel discussion for the Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan in-person on Thursday, December 7th.

The panel discussion will include a brief update on the draft Vision Plan and a facilitated discussion with panel experts from the Valley and project team. There will be an opportunity to provide written questions for the panel.

  • Date: December 7, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Encino Community Center 4935 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
  • Format: Panel Discussion


Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan Project

About the Project
Learn more about the process on the overview page:

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.


Sepulveda Basin Vision Plan Community Meetings 3 and 4

Over 250 community members participated in community meetings in-person and virtually on October 17 and 18, 2023, to learn more about the draft plan for the future of the Basin. Thank you for providing input at these meetings! The presentation, meeting boards and recording from the virtual meeting can be found in the links below.


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