Lake Balboa is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California.
There was debate about the official recognition of Lake Balboa as a community by the city of Los Angeles. In January 2006, that the city of Los Angeles adopted a formal community naming process (City of Los Angeles Council File Number 02-0196). This debate had important implications for the official existence of many other Los Angeles communities that were created prior to January 2006. These communities include Arleta, North Hills, Porter Ranch, Valley Glen, Valley Village, West Hills, Winnetka, and many others.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 24,328 residents in the 3.13-square-mile Lake Balboa neighborhood—or 7,754 people per square mile, about an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 26,195. In 2000 the median age for residents was 35, considered average for city and county neighborhoods, but the percentage of residents aged 35 to 49 was among the county’s highest.
The neighborhood was considered “highly diverse” ethnically within Los Angeles. The breakdown was whites, 49%; Latinos, 34.1%; Asians, 8.8%; blacks, 3.5%; and others, 4.6%. Mexico (26%) and El Salvador (14.8%) were the most common places of birth for the 31.8% of the residents who were born abroad—a high percentage for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $65,336, considered average for the city and county. Renters occupied 34.1% of the housing stock and house- or apartment-owners held 65.9%. The percentages of households that earned $40,000 to $125,000 a year were high for the county.
The Anthony C. Beilenson Park (formerly Balboa Park) is an 80-acre (32 ha) recreation facility in the Sepulveda Flood Basin located in Lake Balboa.The only staff members at the park are lifeguards. The centerpiece of the park is the 27 acres (10.9 ha) Lake Balboa, filled with water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. The park has barbecue pits, a bicycle path, a cascade, a children’s play area, a fly fishing area, a 1.3 miles (2.1 km) jogging path, a lake for fishing (swimming is prohibited), a launch ramp, pedal boats, picnic pavilions and picnic tables, private boating (only boats without motors are accepted, unless the boats are for electric trolling), a remote control boating cove, and toilet facilities. Japanese cherry blossom trees are located in the park. Parking lots exist at the parkThe parks and recreation department dedicated a universally accessible playground, a playground designed for handicapped and non-handicapped children, at the Beilenson Park on Monday June 9, 2008.
Woodley Park in Lake Balboa is unstaffed and unlocked. The park has the Apollo 3 Flight Field, an archery range, barbecue pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, a children’s play area, cricket fields, picnic tables, toilets, and a wildlife reservation area. In addition two pocket parks are located in Lake Balboa. The 1.74 acres (0.704 ha) Jesse Owens Mini-Park is unstaffed and unlocked. The park has toilet facilities.Louise Park, an unstaffed, unlocked pocket park, has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, unlighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, and picnic tables.
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