Sun Valley Recreation Center8133 Vineland Ave., Sun...


Sun Valley Recreation Center

8133 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley

Size: 17 acres.

Facilities: 219-seat auditorium, senior citizen activity building, two baseball diamonds (one lighted), outdoor basketball court, children’s play area, two lighted tennis courts, summer-use swimming pool, volleyball court.

Staff hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Information: (818) 767-6151.

Tom Hutchison, director of Sun Valley Park, calls the park’s lighted, recently reconditioned tennis courts the city’s best-kept secret.


“People love to play tennis after work, so when they find out about these courts I’m sure we’ll have a steady flow of players interested in using them,” said Hutchison, who has worked at the park nearly five years.

Anyone familiar with Sun Valley Recreation Center already knows about the successful youth baseball leagues it operates. For the past 14 years the park has dominated championship baseball play with neighboring Fernangeles Park, he said. In addition, the park has acted as a feeder system for nearby Poly High School, which has had a successful baseball team for many years.

Among its many programs, the park has recently added after-school day care for elementary school students from Holy Rosary, Arminta and Roscoe schools, as well as ballet and other dance classes.