The area around Van Nuys, California, located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, is home to several parks and public trails that provide the ideal atmosphere and road conditions for runners. Whether you seek a park-like setting or a lake for your jog, or even a run on the city streets, the Van Nuys area has it.
Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park
Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park at 14201 Huston St. in Sherman Oaks is a family friendly place to take a run. The walking and jogging trail runs along the perimeter of the park and is usually busy from sunrise to sunset. But, if you choose to veer off the trail, the park itself is massive, large enough to hold eight full baseball diamonds, so there's plenty of room to roam.
Anthony C. Beilenson Park is home to Lake Balboa, an 80-acre facility offering boating, cycling and fishing. The jogging trail that surrounds the lake is a 1.3-mile path restricted to joggers and walkers, so interference is not a problem, although wheelchairs and baby strollers are allowed. Pets are allowed on the jogging path, but they must be leashed. The Lake Balboa path is distinguished by its Japanese cherry blossom trees that outline the pathway. The park is at 6300 Balboa Blvd., in Van Nuys.
Van Nuys Airport 8-Miler
This 8.3-mile running route was created by a group of runners from Walk Jog Run, an online community of running enthusiasts. It begins near Lake Balboa on Balboa Boulevard, proceeds south to Burbank Boulevard, then east on Burbank to Woodley Avenue, north on Woodley to Victory Boulevard, west on Victory and then north on Hayvenhurst Avenue, past Van Nuys Airport. After the airport, make a left on Saticoy Street, then turn right and head south on Balboa Boulevard to return to your starting point.
Silver Lake Reservoir
About 15 miles southeast of Van Nuys is Silver Lake Reservoir. In 2009, an addition to the already existing path along the Silver Lake reservoir opened, part of a 127-acre facility. The architect used decomposed granite to give joggers less stress on their knees and prevent the gathering of rain water that can make the path unusable. The addition gives joggers two miles of running that surrounds the reservoir and is a refuge to runners who have experienced close calls with cars while running on the street. The Silver Lake Reservoir is off of Silver Lake Boulevard and West Silver Lake Drive.
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