Kenneth Hahn Park, Playgrounds and Recreation Center
3990 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056, USA
Expansive park with a 360 view of Los Angeles, a lake and easy trails for the little ones!
Kenneth Hahn Park and Recreation Center is a hidden gem on the westside of LA.
Kenneth Hahn Park and recreation center is tucked away on the westside of Los Angeles in the Baldwin Hills. Although this park covers a lot of ground, you wouldn’t see it by just passing by. It’s a bit hidden, which makes it that much more special. The park is located on a one-way on La Cienega. Depending on which way you’re coming, you’ll have to get off the highway and then get right back on. The route may feel redundant but trust us - it’s worth the wait!
Once you’re there, you’ll be able to explore the many short trails that lead all over the hills. The trails are easy enough for the little ones but there are no fences to block off steep edges, so hold them close. The upside to the lack of fences is the exposed and free feeling you get when you gaze down at Los Angeles. You’ll be able to see all the way from Downtown to the Hollywood sign, then Malibu and over across to the ocean. Try and spot different neighborhoods in LA!
There are great shaded spots to venture off into if you simply want to enjoy the view. If you’re looking for a more active adventure, then continue up the “Playa Point” trail to the “Bowl Loop”. This is a 1-mile paved loop with grass and trees in the center. It’s great for strollers, runs or just walking and talking. In the middle, you’ll find a disc golf course and people throwing what look like mini frisbees. This game is different from frisbee, however, the discs are only meant for throwing and hitting targets, not catching. If you decide to hang in the middle, make sure you’re not around a disc golf group. Thankfully, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Along the loop, there’s a fruit stand! It’s $5 cash for a cup of fresh-cut delicious fruit, LA style. If you’re new to LA, you’re in for the best fruit cup of your life.
On the other end of the park, the “Forest Trail” will lead you down to the Japanese garden, where there’s a pond, ducks and restrooms. If you wander further down that road, you’ll find another manmade lake. This one is bigger with ducks AND geese! There’s also a paved path around the lake, great for strollers or scooters. Kids are sure to love all the animals at Kenneth, including the little gophers that pop out of their holes. There are also two playground structures. They have baby swings, a sand floor and lots of picnic benches. The rush happens around 12:30 pm but even then, the park is so massive you never feel like it’s crowded and everyone wears masks. That being said, if you’re concerned about COVID, come in the morning or on a weekday. Last but not least, the entire park is pet friendly!
After exploring the park, if you’re hungry or tired, Jackson’s cafe down the road is great for sandwiches, salads and coffee! There’s a great outdoor seating area for the entire fam.