The idea of a gated playground is quite appealing. Sometimes we need the boundaries we set to be literal. Containment, especially when you’re dealing with toddlers, is the name of the game. That said, my daughter was a runner and no park fence would have been enough to keep her nearby if there was something on the horizon that caught her attention. Nevertheless, for some families a closed gate is all it takes to make a park visit work; and for the rest of us it is occasionally nice to have at least the illusion of security that an enclosed playground provides. Here are a few nice ones in the Valley (to add to our popular list of Westside gated playgrounds):
300 N. Buena Vista Burbank, CA 91505
A small neighborhood park in the heart of Burbank, Lincoln Park has some picnic tables, a little grass and a playground that is entirely enclosed.
McCambridge Recreation Center
1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank, CA 91504
Also in Burbank, Mc Cambridge Recreation Center has a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball and two enclosed play areas one for toddlers and another for big kids.
16953 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316
Encino Park, (locals refer to it as Genesta), has recently been redone and there are now two enclosed playgrounds.
Old Meadows Park
1600 Marview Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
In addition to being enclosed, the playground at Old Meadows Park in Thousand Oaks has a SenseAbility Playground, which is a sensory interactive play area designed to stimulate. Among the unique play pieces there are a miniature driving village, elevated sand table, a marimba and a language panel.
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Woodland Hills, CA 91367
After the kids run around safely in the gated playground at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, they will be too tired to stray from the picnic blanket while you enjoy a concert in the band shell or movie on the green.
Chatsworth Oaks Park
9301 Valley Circle Blvd. Chatsworth, CA 91311
Chatsworth Oaks Park offers the best of both worlds. The fenced in playground is great when you need a break but it is surrounded by miles of scenic and manageable hiking trails when you are ready for adventure.
Bernice Bennett Park
31800 Village Center Road Westlake Village, CA 91361
Bernice Bennett Park in Westlake Village has a partially enclosed children’s playground, a dog station, walking path and plenty of parking.
Calabasas Highlands Park
23581 Summit Drive Calabasas, CA 91302
The playground at Highlands Park in Calabasas is mostly enclosed by a rustic wooden fence. Trees provide shade and who knows you might spot a coyote!
Looking for more great parks in the Valley? Check out our favorite parks for birthday parties in the Valley.