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Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

(LA Trend) — Even though it is one of the largest urban parks and regional open spaces in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If you’re an outdoors person, this park is sure to have what you’re looking for, whether you want to get out for an afternoon or a whole weekend.

Often referred to as “L.A.’s Central Park”, this 401-acre park offers an impressive array of activities and amenities for guests, including baseball and soccer fields, hiking trails, picnic and BBQ areas, lakes, volleyball courts, fishing, and much more.

With over seven miles of hikes, this park is a great place to get valuable exercise while exploring the natural plant and wildlife that thrives in the area. Lizards, snakes, coyotes, hawks, moles, barn swallows, owls, squirrels, and rabbits are just a few of the critters that call Kenneth Hahn their home. And be sure to bring your camera on your hike here. The highest point features several designated lookout points that give you spectacular panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Inglewood Oil Field, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the Hollywood Hills.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is also filled with plenty of local history. The Baldwin Hills area that the park occupies was previously inhabited by the Tongva people for over 8,000 years. It was later part of the Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of California era, with the Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes and the Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera located in and around the present day park, during much of the 1800s. The park also has the distinction of being the first Olympic Village ever built, for the 1932 Summer Olympics in the 10th Olympiad, which Los Angeles hosted. 

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area is named after Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn who served for forty years, from 1952 to 1992, and was on the Los Angeles City Council from 1947 to 1952 before that. Hahn was a passionate supporter of civil rights in the 1960s, and even met Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1961.

Because certain programs and facilities may not be open at this time, be sure to go to their official website for updates.

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4100 S. La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90008

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Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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