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A Park a Day: Bellevue Park & Recreation Center

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July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

From karate to ping pong to ceramics to boxing to cooking classes to the newly formed girls basketball league to soccer clinics, to summer camp to after school programs, if you are between the ages of three and 17-years-old there's a good chance you're living the good life at Bellevue Park and Recreation Center, possibly for free.

Beyond organized youth activities (many at low or no cost), there are barbecue grates, picnic tables, reservable pavilions, a jungle gym on sand, a jungle gym on squishyness, a football field, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, parallel bars, hanging rings, a row of swings, a walk/jog path around the perimeter, an ice cream truck (most days), a man selling balloons and cotton candy, and about a dozen signs that say 'No Golfing.' THAT'S a park.

It's not the largest or lushest green-zone in the city but what Bellevue lacks in luster and roominess, it makes up for in vibe and convenience. The park, for and about the neighborhood, is nooked away in Silver Lake and offers a typically mellow mix of local families, aspiring skaters, athletes, hepcats, young parents pushing strollers, funny looking couples walking funny looking dogs, people soaking up the sun, readers on the rocks, and nappers in the shade.

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Vital Stats

  • Name: Bellevue Park and Recreation Center
  • Address: 826 Lucile Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Region: Griffith-Metro
  • District: Griffith
  • Council District: 13
  • Neighborhood Service Area: East Los Angeles
  • Phone: (323) 664-2468
  • Facility Email: bellevuerecreationcenter@lacity.org
  • Full List of Activities
  • Indoor Gymnasium doubles as Auditorium (Capacity 250)
  • Community Room available (Capacity 80)
  • This facility is an LAPD stop-in center.