North Hollywood Recreation Center
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The workout: A one-stop outside fitness center looks like a playground at first glance. With machines for dips, chin-up, push-ups, sit-ups and body curls as well as simplistic bikes, ellipticals, twisters and more, you can complete an entire regimen here without getting bored. Then get your fill of cardio by running around the large surrounding track a few times.
The scene: The sprawling park never seems to feel overcrowded. A few fitness buffs will be at the workout stations while couples, schoolchildren and dogwalkers are dispersed throughout the fields. The now family-oriented park has improved its reputation but some say the spot can feel a bit shady at times so it’s probably best to bring a friend.
How's the parking? Curbside parking is available on Magnolia or down Tujunga but the heavy traffic can be a hindrance. If you plan on staying a while, park on the calmer Chandler Boulevard where there’s a small parking lot and ample street spaces.
Bonus: The huge spot is a hub for all things local. Located in the next block (although you’ll have to cross a busy Magnolia Boulevard), find the main section of the park, complete with basketball, tennis and handball courts, a baseball diamond and even a skatepark. Little ones can enjoy the playground and the seasonal outdoor pool. All worn out? Cool off in the cute little 1930s library on the street corner.
11430 Chandler Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm|
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