Granada Hills is a lightly populated, highly diverse and high-income neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles. Formerly agricultural, it is now mostly residential, with three-quarters of the living units being occupied by their owners. The percentage of married people is among the county’s highest. There is an active sports program and a range of city recreation centers. The neighborhood has fourteen public and seven private schools.
White Oak Avenue, between San Fernando Mission and San Jose Street was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on August 3, 1966 for the 101 Deodar Cedar trees that line the street. The trees are native to the Himalayas and valued for their size, beauty and timber. The White Oak Avenue trees were used as a back-drop in the noted flying bicycles scene in the 1982 film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”.
O’Melveny Park, the second largest park in Los Angeles, consists of a large undeveloped area and a much smaller developed section with several dozen citrus trees, a small intermittent stream, and grass and picnic areas. This 672-acre (2.72 km2) park includes hiking trails and fire roads, including a grassy promontory from which a view of the northeastern portion of the San Fernando Valley may be seen. Mission Point and its environs are popular mountain biking and hiking areas. The view from the top of Mission Point (called “Mission Peak” by many residents), the highest point in Granada Hills, is striking, taking in most of the San Fernando Valley. In clear weather, one can see the Pacific Ocean and Downtown Los Angeles. The area around the peak is home to deer, golden eagle, bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons, and coyotes. The Granada Hills Recreation Center (also known as Petit Park) is located at 16730 Chatsworth Street, at Petit Avenue. It features an auditorium, playground, sports facilities, and picnic areas.
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