10058 Reseda Blvd., Northridge
Size: 24 acres.
Facilities: Indoor basketball gymnasium, three baseball diamonds, outdoor basketball court, football field, children’s play area, picnic area, four lighted tennis courts.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Information: (818) 349-7341.
For Javier Soto, the best thing about being director of Northridge Park is watching the number of families who regularly use the facilities.
“In the summer, the parents bring their children and the whole family uses the swimming pool,” Soto said. “And now, they come together for picnics, baseball and youth basketball.”
Because the park is so popular with families in the Northridge area, more than 120 courses are offered in the community building. In addition to traditional arts and crafts and aerobics classes, Northridge Park has instruction in Hawaiian dance, vegetarian cooking, horseback riding and juggling, as well as a variety of music classes. The courses last 10 weeks and sign-ups for the next session take place in early January.
“It isn’t just that there’s so much to do here,” Soto said. “People seem to love Northridge Park because it’s so clean and safe. It really is the perfect family park.”