The best of Los Angeles County awaits you at your County parks. From the world’s largest municipal golf course system to Nature Centers and Wildlife Sanctuaries, to local parks and large regional recreational centers, you’ll find thousands of ways to enjoy the great life here in Southern California.

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The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to serve you, offering world-class programs and activities in addition to 181 County parks that will provide you with solitude and recreational experiences that will amaze you.

We offer something for everyone, including local parks with children’s playgrounds, fitness equipment and organized sports. And, why not cool off at one of our 40 swimming pools and 23 splash pads during those hot California summer months. If golf is your game, then discover the largest municipal golf system in the nation, consisting of 20 pristine courses countywide.

Explore our website to learn more about our beautiful Nature Centers, Gardens, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Arboreta. If you’re searching for an amazing cultural and concert experience, then visit the John Anson Ford Theatre and the world-famous Hollywood Bowl.

We are privileged to manage these incredible sites and facilities for our citizens and visitors, and hope you will visit us soon!

John Wicker, Director


  • Serve as stewards of parklands.
  • Build healthy and resilient communities.
  • Advance social equity and cohesion.


To be a world-class parks and recreation organization.


Compassion – We cultivate emotional and cultural awareness that ensures empathy toward our diverse population.
Health and Wellness – We are dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of the communities and people we serve.
Inclusion – We will intentionally seek diversity in the experience of our staff and ensure our offerings reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
Innovation – We dream big and combine creativity and productivity to design forward looking solutions.
Integrity and Dedication – We exhibit loyalty, commitment, honor, and truthfulness in actions and deeds.
Stewardship and Sustainability – We strive to balance social, economic, and environmental needs through proactive stewardship and conservation practices.