By Deb Flomberg
Just a short, 40 minute drive from Los Angeles, between Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley lies a simply stunning park, filled with a fascinating history. Franklin Canyon Park may feel like you are out in the wilderness, but it’s practically the middle of Los Angeles, and there are a lot of great recreational things to do and lots of beautiful sites to see.
With more than 605 acres to explore, Franklin Canyon Park has grasslands, woodlands, a huge lake, and more. There is even an ADA-accessible duck pond and a huge picnic ground, plus more than five miles of different hiking trails to explore. The history of the park is also very interesting, as it was created by the same forces that helped to create the city of Los Angeles. The original reservoir was constructed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and it was to distribute the water brought in from the Owens Valley. Of course, today, it is Franklin Canyon Park, and that reservoir is now a beautiful home to a lot of varied wildlife.
Among the different activities to enjoy at the park are the Sam Goldman Amphitheater and the Eugene and Michael Rosenfeld Auditorium, as well as the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. All of which offer a huge variety of activities and events year-round. But really, most of the fun lies in exploring the stunning beauty of this close park. Explore the trails, bring a picnic and just enjoy the scenic beauty that is Southern California.
As you drive to Franklin Canyon Park, make sure to drive in comfort. Head out in the 2013 C350 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It’s a truly elegant and comfortable drive, while providing all the class and style that comes with the Mercedes-Benz name. It’s the best accompaniment to a day out with the whole family exploring the natural beauty of Franklin Canyon Park.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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