Set midway between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Palms is the oldest neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles. Founded in 1886 and annexed in 1915, it was settled as an agricultural and vacation community. Today it is primarily made up of apartment buildings, with the upscale Westside Village district having the only significant concentration of single-family homes. In recent decades, Palms has benefited by the overflow from neighboring Culver City. Young professionals appreciate its diversity, affordability and distance from denser areas. Neighboring Mar Vista, named after the glorious views of the Pacific along its border with Santa Monica, touches the corners of Santa Monica, Venice and Culver City. A short drive from the ocean and UCLA, it’s a bucolic, family-friendly place with tree-lined suburban streets, well-cared-for postwar homes and a “block-party” feel. The MarVista Recreation Center is known for its outdoor roller hockey rink, among many amenities.


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Mar Vista Park


Baseball, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Basketball League (Boys/Girls), Crosstraining Classes, Flag Football, Soccer Clinics, Soccer League, Hockey League, Volleyball League (Girls), Sports Classes


Adult Classes, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Music, Pre-School, Cultural Classes


Barbecue Pits, Baseball Diamond (Unlighted), Basketball Courts (Lighted / Indoor), Basketball Courts (Lighted / Outdoor), Childrens Play Area, Picnic Tables, Tennis Courts (Lighted), Volleyball Courts (Lighted), Jogging Path, Kitchen, Multipurpose Sports Field, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Hockey Rink (Outdoor), Stage, Synthetic Field


General Information: Mar Vista Recreation Center is located at the intersection of Palms and Sawtelle. Our special features include: Roller Hockey Rink, Seasonal Swimming Pool, Baseball Diamonds, Auditorium, Picnic Areas, Playground, outdoor basketball courts (lighted) and Gymnasium (without weights). Moon bounce permits will be issued for picnic areas #3 and #4.  The recreation building (including restrooms) will be open during facility hours only, and will be locked at all other times. NO grills or other extra equipment not pre-approved by the recreation center. Our staff, instructors, and volunteers offer a variety of programs and activities for the community. Preschool Fun, art classes, seasonal camp programs, sports classes/programs, and dance and fitness activities are all available.

Preschool Information: Sign up for our PreSchool Fun class with Teacher Judy! Teacher Judy has been providing quality learning and nurturing for over 15 years at Mar Vista!  Your child will experience an enrichment based program that offers supervised play, social, cognitive and emotional interaction, organized activities, special events, and much, much more. Your child will participate in circle time, music, story time, games, play and table-top activities such as crafts, cooking and science.

Children must be toilet trained.  Parent participation is required.  For more information about this program, please call our office at 310.398.5982

Picnic Permits: There are four picnic areas available.  Moon bounce permits will be issued for picnic areas #3 and #4.  The recreation building (including restrooms) will be open during facility hours only, and will be locked at all other times.   NO grills or other extra equipment not pre-approved by the recreation center.

Sports Information: We offer youth sports leagues for children 4-15 years of age, providing your child meets the age requirements. (Please see brochure for more specific information.) Co-Ed and Girls Soccer, Flag- Football, Youth Roller Hockey and Girls Basketball is offered in the fall (registration in June), Co-Ed and Girls Basketball, Youth Roller Hockey is offered in the winter (registration in October), and Co-Ed and Girls Soccer, Youth Roller Hockey and T-Ball, 5-Pitch, Minors and Major baseball is offered in the spring (registration in February).

Adult Hockey League: Summer Season

  • Player Evaluations – Sunday, 5/7 @ 6PM
  • Team Rep Meeting – Sunday 5/7 @ 7PM
  • Games Begin:
    • GOLD – SUNDAY – 5/14
    • SILVER – MONDAY – 5/8
    • BRONZE – WEDNESDAY – 5/10
    • COPPER – TUESDAY – 5/11
  • NOTE: ALL DATES are TBD pending weather

Seasonal Camp Information: Mar Vista Recreation Center offers seasonal  camp programs for children ages 3-5 years (summer camp only) and for children entering grades K-10th. Camps are offered in the summer, winter, and spring based on the LAUSD school holiday breaks.

The Park Advisory Board: The Mar Vista Park Advisory Board meets one evening bi-monthly. Please call the office at (310) 398-5982 if you are interested in becoming a member. We are in partnership with the LA Parks Foundation that is able to offer wonderful sponsorship opportunities for businesses and great fundraising events to help enhance Mar Vista Recreation Center. Please contact us to find out more information about the foundation or log on to LA Parks Foundation Website

Class Registration Information: Our current class information is available online (see above). Please call (310)398-5982 for more information. Most classes run 7-10 weeks, unless otherwise stated. Students must meet class age requirements by the date of enrollment. Staff reserves the right to require proof of age at any time. Only Visa and MasterCard credit cards can be used to register online. Walk-In registration begins the Wednesday prior to the start of the session. Payment in full by credit card, check, or money order must be made in person at the time of Walk-In Registration. Cash is not accepted. Checks are to be made payable to “L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks”. Class fees will NOT be prorated until after the fourth week of classes. See below for our refund policy.

Please consult with your physician before enrolling in any physically demanding class. Persons with disabilities are welcome to participate in our programs. Reasonable accommodations will be made with prior arrangements. Please notify the instructor prior to the start of class if you or your child has special needs.

Mar Vista Activities


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According to the Mar Vista Historical Society, Mar Vista was once known as the “Lima Bean Belt of the Nation.” While you won’t find many lima beans there now, families will find lots to see and do in Mar Vista.

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Mar Vista Farmers Market
Grand View at Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

You’ll find the Mar Vista Farmers Market happening each Sunday, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (except on major holidays). You’ll find many vendors on hand, offering a large selection of fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, prepared foods, as well as DJs who help to make a fun-filled atmosphere. In addition, there are lots of child-friendly activities at this Farmers Market. You’ll find a free craft workshop for kids, with a different project each week and face painting on the 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays of each month. Kids can participate in special kid-friendly cooking classes on the occasional Sunday, too.

Mar Vista Branch Library
12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

The Mar Vista Branch Library offers many special activities and events for library patrons. Bring the kids for story time, join the quilting group (all materials are provided), join a discussion group, and more. Mark the calendar for Monday, November 7th when the library is hosting “Dream Big Science” — a hands-on, science related activity for children ages 3-6.The library is closed on Sundays.

12255 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

If you’re looking to do more bike riding with your family, make sure you visit Bikerowave. Bikerowave is a not-for-profit, all volunteer “bicycle repair collective,” meaning they teach visitors how to repair and maintain their bicycles. When you do stop by to work on your bikes, all tools, gloves, rags, sprays, and more (including guidance from a volunteer member) will be provided.  Check the website for hours and information about fees.

Small Batch Ice Creamery
12222 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Small Batch Ice Creamery is part of the culinary empire of Top Chef Brooke Williamson and husband/partner Nick Roberts. Launched at their terrific restaurant, Playa Provisions, Small Batch is a delightful place to stop for a cone, a milkshake, or maybe even one of their amazing Unicorn Sundaes, a massive creation with 10 scoops of ice cream, 8 toppings, 3 sauces, whipped cream and a sparkler! Flavors change with the seasons, and always reflect a true passion for flavor as well as a sense of humor. Plus there’s an awesome mural on the wall your kids are sure to love.

Mar Vista Recreation Center and Park
11430 Woodbine Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066

You won’t run out of things to do at the Mar Vista Recreation Center. The facility offers a seasonal swimming pool, baseball diamonds, picnic area, a roller hockey rink, volleyball courts, tennis courts, a jogging path, basketball courts, and more. The Recreation Center also offers a variety of special classes, sports leagues, and seasonal camps.

Under the Sea Indoor Playground
3871 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Kids will have lots of fun at Under the Sea, a popular indoor playground. Open play is offered Monday through Friday, but be sure to call ahead to confirm hours (they occasionally do close earlier for private parties). Children will have fun exploring, climbing, bouncing, and sliding. You’ll also find a special infant corner complete with soft padding. Under the Sea is also a popular birthday party venue as well.

The Mar Vista Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

You’ll feel good about shopping at the Time Travel Mart, because all the proceeds help support the programs at 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring organization. With the holiday season quickly approaching, you’ll want to pay a visit to this eclectic shop where you just might find the perfect gift for several people on your list. The selection includes accessories, books, t-shirts, and more. (Open Tuesday through Sunday).

Bowlero Mar Vista
12125 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

You can do much more than bowl at Bowlero Mar Vista. Families will also enjoy the arcade games, pinball machines, lounge area, on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. And when you’re ready to bowl, take advantage of the 28 bowling lanes featuring blacklight and floor-to-ceiling video screens at the end of each lane. Bowlero Mar Vista also makes a unique party venue.

Peach Tree Pottery
3795 Boise Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Peach Tree Pottery is the place to go for families (kids and adults) who are interested in learning pottery basics. They offers, classes (including Saturday Kids Classes), private instruction, and group parties. Check the website for information on schedules and fees.