Los Angeles County Parks
County of Los Angeles
Department of Parks and Recreation
433 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Enjoy Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is a county in California,
and is by far the most populous county in the United States. Figures
from the U.S. Census Bureau give an estimated 2007 population of
9,878,554 residents, while the California State government's
population bureau lists a January 1, 2008, estimate of 10,363,850.
The county seat is the City of Los Angeles.
The county is home to 88 incorporated cities
and many unincorporated areas. The coastal portion of the county is
somewhat urbanized, though there is a large expanse of lesser
populated desert inland in the Santa Clarita Valley, and especially
in the Antelope Valley which encompasses the northeastern parts of
the county and adjacent eastern Kern County, lying just north of Los
In between the large desert portions of the county
― which make up around 40 percent of its land area ― and
the urbanized central and southern portions sits the San Gabriel
Mountains containing Angeles National Forest. All of southern Los
Angeles County, north to about the center of the county, is heavily
This county holds most of the principal cities
encompassing the Greater Los Angeles Area, and is the most important
of the five counties that make up the area.
As of 2004, the county's
population is larger than the individual populations of 42 states
considered separately (and on that basis is more populous than the
aggregate of the 11 least populous states) and is home to over a
quarter of all California residents. According to the United States
Conference of Mayors, if Los Angeles County were a nation, it would
boast a GDP among the twenty largest countries in the world.
Angeles County is similar in land area to the state of Connecticut
and in population to the state of Michigan.
We Create Community through People, Parks and
The Department provides the residents and
visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational
opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the
community through diverse physical, educational, and cultural
programming, and enhances the community environment by acquiring,
developing, and maintaining County Parks, gardens, golf courses,
trails,and open space areas.
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