Live Oak Park and Joslyn Community Center

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New Parking Hours
Please note, parking along Valley Drive (between 15th Street and the crosswalk near the Tennis Courts) is limited to 4 hours (effective 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday) as indicated by signage.

 

Located at 1601 Valley Drive
Developed in 1939

One of the oldest City parks, Live Oak encompasses almost nine acres and, among other things, is the site of the annual Old Hometown Fair in October. One of the City's most cherished "tot lots" is located in this park, along with an older children's play area.

Six lighted tennis courts in the park are used frequently for classes, private matches and several tennis tournaments sponsored by the City. One lighted basketball court and two large lighted multipurpose fields make this park a favorite destination for community members - (310) 545-0888.

Several picnic areas can accommodate from a dozen to 50 people and include two barbecues. Restrooms and drinking fountains are also available.

Several community buildings are located in this park, including the Live Oak Recreation Center which houses a tennis office and ceramics studio. Joslyn Community Center is home to a senior citizens club and is available to the general public for meetings, parties or other gatherings. The facility includes an auditorium and stage, meeting rooms, kitchen, library and dance and exercise studio. The Scout House is a rustic meeting room used for scouting activities only.

Live Oak Park is also the site of the Martin Ganz Memorial, dedicated to the police officer who was killed in the line of duty on December 27, 1993. Designed by William Mikus, the public artwork is positioned under two sycamore trees. In the center of the blue concrete base sits a monolith with Officer Ganz's name, birth date and day of his death. Atop the centerpiece is a casting of the helmet Ganz wore as a traffic officer, his gloves, keys, sunglasses and badge. The artwork is surrounded by ten concrete seats for visitors.

Ample parking for Live Oak Park visitors is available across the street from the park and along the curb which borders Valley Drive.

Live Oak Park Dog Run
Dogs are permitted in the Live Oak Dog Run located just north of the tennis courts.  Please review the Live Oak Park Dog Run Rules (PDF) and Dog Run Etiquette (PDF) before visiting the dog run.

Live Oak Park Dog Run Hours of Operation

Open Daily 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Facilities that can be reserved:
For reservations, please contact Ada Wallace, Facility Reservations at (310) 802-5410. For a list of facility rental prices, please visit the Indoor and Outdoor Facility Price List.

Joslyn Community Center Ocean Banquet Hall

Size 4,140 square feet Map of Facility Joslyn Community Center Ocean Banquet Hall (PDF)
Maximum Capacity Dining: 170
Assembly with chairs: 250
Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Hours Available Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Equipment See rental equipment list
Note: Set-ups available; Alcohol is prohibited
Appropriate for the following types of events: Meetings, parties, wedding receptions

Joslyn Community Center Sunrise Room

Size 648 square feet Map of Facility Joslyn Community Center Sunrise Room (PDF)
Maximum Capacity 30 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Hours Available Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Equipment See rental equipment list
Note: Set-ups available; Alcohol is prohibited
Appropriate for the following types of events: Meetings, classes, small gatherings

Joslyn Community Center Sunset Room

Size 400 square feet Map of Facility Joslyn Community Center Sunset Room (PDF)
Maximum Capacity 20 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Hours Available Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Equipment See rental equipment list
Note: Set-ups available; Alcohol is prohibited
Appropriate for the following types of events: Meetings, classes, small gatherings

Joslyn Community Center Kitchen

Size 312 square feet

Maximum Capacity 10 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Hours available Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Equipment Refrigerator/freezer
Stove
Oven
Pizza Warmer
Ice Maker
Microwave
2 stainless steel carts
Note: Set-ups available; Alcohol is prohibited
Appropriate for the following types of events: Catering parties or events

Joslyn Community Center Surf Dance Studio

Size 1,140 square feet (wood floors) Map of Facility Joslyn Community Center Surf Dance Studio (PDF)
Maximum Capacity 30 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Hours Available Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Equipment No tables or chairs are available for this room because of the wood floors
Note: Set-ups available
Appropriate for the following types of events: Dance and exercise class activities

Live Oak Park Picnic Area (north end)

Number of Tables 4 Number of
Reservable Tables
2
Maximum Capacity
per Table
25 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Maximum 6 hours
Hours Available 8:00 AM to dusk daily Equipment N/A
Note: Set-ups available Map of Facility Live Oak Park Picnic Area (PDF)
Appropriate for the following types of events: Parties, small gatherings

Live Oak Park Gazebo

Number of Tables 2 Map of Facility Live Oak Park Gazebo (PDF)
Maximum Capacity
per Table
25 Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Maximum 3 hours
Hours Available 8:00 AM to dusk daily Equipment N/A
Note: Set-ups available
Appropriate for the following types of events: Small children's events such as birthday parties, playgroups and other outings

Rental Equipment List

The following items are available to the public for rental when reserving an indoor facility. Equipment items may not be removed from the facility. The cost of repair/replacement of equipment resulting for applicant's use will be deducted from the reservation deposit.

  • (1) portable movie screen--$10
  • (2) hot water dispenser--$10
  • (1) podium--$10
  • (1) TV/DVD--$25
  • (1) overhead projector and cart--$15  
  • (4) easels (black)--$5 each
  • (1) portable P.A. system--$15

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