Westchester Park might be steps away from LAX, but you wouldn't know it from sitting on the grassy fields or taking part in a game at one of the park's many sports fields. Visitors can set up a baseball game, play basketball, skateboard, or just hang out around a barbeque in a park that's been a Westchester staple since the 1950s.
Starting with a small gym that was erected over 50 years ago, Westchester Park has grown and expanded over the years to include 8 tennis courts, a huge playground, a pool, and long stretches of gently winding sidewalks. In addition, there's a library, a senior center, and an entire golf course scattered around the huge park and its winding pathways.
It is on these sidewalks where a runner (or walker!) can enjoy the vibrant park scenery and step away from the stoplight infused roads that fill much of Los Angeles. The paved pathways around the park are wide and smooth, and there is often the slightest bit of upward or downward grade to keep things interesting during a morning jog.
The park isn't going to present a supreme running challenge; however, it is a peaceful spot to run in the mornings before the rush of traffic has begun.
The park is adjacent to Westchester Parkway, which is an awesome location for running (or biking) down to the shoreline. The next time you're thinking about a training run up Westchester Parkway consider stopping at nearby Westchester Park for a picnic and a jog around the fields. The park is located at:
7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045, which is at the corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Manchester Blvd.
If you're coming from outside the area and need to take a freeway to reach Westchester Park, take the Jefferson Blvd exit westward from the 405 freeway and take a left when you hit Lincoln. The park is a few miles up the road and will be on your left when you reach Manchester.