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Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation seal.png
Department overview
Formed July 1, 1903; 119 years ago (1903-07-01)
Preceding agencies
  • Forester and Fire Warden's Office
  • Department of Recreation, Camps and Playgrounds
Jurisdiction Los Angeles County
Headquarters 433 South Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, California 90020
34°03′59″N 118°17′31″W / 34.0663352°N 118.2919874°W / 34.0663352; -118.2919874
Employees 1,477 (2010)
Annual budget US$149,369,000 (2010)
Department executive
  • Norma Edith García-Gonzalez, Director

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is an agency of the County of Los Angeles which oversees its parks and recreational facilities. It was created in 1944. It operates and maintains over 71,249 acres (28,833 ha) of parks, gardens, lakes, natural gardens, and golfing greens, and 200 miles (320 km) of trails.

It maintains 183 parks and operates the world’s largest municipal golf course system with 20 courses. It also owns the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.

Weddings can be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge and South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Virginia Robinson Gardens is open for tours.

It operates nature centers at:

It has fishing lakes at:

The Department hosts approximately 300 film projects a year, including feature films, television series, television commercials, and still photography shoots for various magazines and publications.

Safety and law enforcement services are provided on a contract basis from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Parks Bureau. Prior to 2010, the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety (County Police) and its predecessor agencies were responsible for law enforcement in the county parks.

Management and Commission

Since 2020, the director is Norma Edith García-Gonzalez. The department is governed by a five member commission, appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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