Victory Boulevard (Los Angeles)
|Maintained by||Bureau of Street Services, City of L.A. DPW|
|West end||Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve|
|Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Canoga Park
Reseda Blvd. in Reseda
Balboa Blvd. in Van Nuys
I‑405 in Van Nuys
Sepulveda Blvd. in Van Nuys
Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys
SR 170 in N. Hollywood
Vineland Ave. in N. Hollywood
W. Burbank Blvd. in Burbank
W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank
Western Ave. in Glendale
|East end||SR 134 at Griffith Park|
Victory Boulevard is a major east-west arterial road that runs 25 miles (40 km) traversing the entire length of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, Southern California. Through much of the San Fernando Valley, Victory Boulevard divides the affluent communities on the southern side of the Valley (Woodland Hills, Tarzana, and Encino), from the less affluent communities of the central Valley (Canoga Park, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood).
Traveling the 25-mile (40 km) length of Victory Boulevard reveals the diversity of the San Fernando Valley, from the undeveloped open rolling hills of Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and the multi-million dollar estates in the hills at the boulevard's western terminus in West Hills, past the West Valley's major malls at Fallbrook Center and Westfield Topanga, alongside the former Rocketdyne plant that built the rocket engines that sent Americans into space and to the moon, through the Warner Center business district, along a section of the Metro Orange Line and by three of its stations, past Pierce College, through the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Center with Lake Balboa, Pedlow Skate Park and golf courses, then through the largely ethnic diverse communities of Van Nuys, Valley Glen and North Hollywood in the center of the valley, crossing the Tujunga Wash, and continuing past Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery with its Portal of the Folded Wing, through Burbank's entertainment district, passing the Nickelodeon studios at Olive Avenue, then veering southeast to its eastern terminus at Griffith Park near the Los Angeles Zoo and Travel Town Museum (at the intersection of Riverside Drive & Sonora Avenue).
Victory Boulevard is one of three Los Angeles boulevards included in the lyrics of Randy Newman's song I Love LA: "...“Century Boulevard (We Love It!), Victory Boulevard (We Love It), Santa Monica Boulevard (We Love It)..."
When Van Nuys was plotted in 1911, Victory Boulevard was called 7th Avenue. Around 1916, the name was changed to Leesdale Avenue. Finally, Leesdale Avenue became Victory Avenue in the mid-1920s. In the mid-1920s, the Leesdale Improvement Association unveiled plans to expand Leesdale Avenue as an 80-foot (24 m)-wide "great east-and-west boulevard" through the Valley. At that time, the City also changed the name to Victory Boulevard, in honor of soldiers returning from World War I, and paved the boulevard as far west as Balboa Boulevard where it ended. Victory Boulevard did not extend to the West Valley until the 1950s.
The Metro Local No. 164 bus line runs along Victory Boulevard.
Communities (west to east)
- West Hills – west of Shoup Avenue to the Victory Trailhead entrance of Ahmanson Ranch Park in the Simi Hills, Victory Boulevard marks the southern border of West Hills and northern border of adjacent Woodland Hills.
- Woodland Hills – between the western city limits, and Corbin Avenue on the east, Victory Boulevard marks the northern border of Woodland Hills, with West Hills, Canoga Park, and Winnetka to the north.
- Canoga Park – Victory Boulevard marks the southern border of Canoga Park between Shoup, and DeSoto, with Woodland Hills to the south
- Winnetka – DeSoto Avenue is the western boundary, Corbin Avenue is the eastern boundary, with the Los Angeles River and Woodland Hills to the south.
- Reseda – Victory Boulevard marks the southern border of Reseda between Corbin Avenue and White Oak Avenue, with Tarzana to the south..
- Tarzana – Victory Boulevard marks the northern border of Tarzana between Corbin Avenue (west) and Lindley Avenue (east)
- Lake Balboa – between White Oak and I-405 (the San Diego Freeway)
- Encino – Victory Boulevard marks the northern border of Encino between Lindley Avenue and White Oak
- Van Nuys – between I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) and Hazeltine Avenue
- Valley Glen – between Hazeltine Avenue and CA 170 (the Hollywood Freeway)
- North Hollywood – between CA 170 (the Hollywood Freeway) and Clybourn Avenue
- Burbank – between Clybourn Avenue and Allen Street
- Glendale – between Allen Street and Riverside Drive/Sonora Avenue
Notable landmarks (west to east)
- Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (formerly Ahmanson Ranch)— a 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) public nature preserve park of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, located at the western terminus of Victory Blvd. in West Hills—Woodland Hills.
- Fallbrook Center – 75-acre (300,000 m2), 1,000,000-square-foot (93,000 m2), open-air shopping center located at Victory Boulevard and Fallbrook Avenue in West Hills; retailers including Mervyn's, Kohl's, Home Depot, Target, Trader Joe's, Sprouts Farmers Market, Ross, Michael's Arts & Crafts, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Linens 'n Things, Petco, and Fallbrook AMC Theatres.
- Westfield Topanga – opened in 1964 as Topanga Plaza, California's first enclosed shopping mall, and located on Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Victory Boulevard, Westfield Topanga has been extensively renovated from 2006–2008 and features 230 stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Target, and Apple Store.
- Rocketdyne – located in Canoga Park from 1956 to 2013, Rocketdyne built the engines for most of the United States' rockets from the late 1940s to 1980s.
- Los Angeles Pierce College – opened in 1947 as an agricultural college and the San Fernando Valley's first institution of higher learning, Pierce College today is a two-year public college with almost 100 disciplines and 20,000 students, located on 426 acres (172 ha) in the Chalk Hills, with 2,200 trees, thousands of rose bushes, a nature preserve, botanical garden, and a forest area boasting giant redwoods; Pierce still maintains large sections of tillable and range land and a 226-acre (91 ha) farm at the west side of campus, with an equestrian center and small herds of cattle, sheep and goats.
- Reseda High School – a public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District established in 1955; used as the setting for the high school in The Shield, several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in the feature film Grosse Pointe Blank.
- Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies – located in Tarzana, SOCES is the largest magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, 1780 students in the grades 4–12; #1 High School API test score in LAUSD.
- Birmingham High School, Lake Balboa – built in 1953 on the site of a U.S. Army hospital; from 1976–1979, the San Fernando Valley's first professional sports team, the Los Angeles Skyhawks of the American Soccer League, played their home games at Birmingham Stadium on Victory Boulevard. In May 1967, a rock concert at the football field at Birmingham High featured Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Merry-Go-Round, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Sunshine Company, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
- Lake Balboa – a 27-acre (11 ha) lake south of Victory Boulevard filled with water reclaimed from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant featuring fishing, boating, remote-control boating and jogging/walking.
- Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, North Hollywood – cemetery founded in 1923; the Portal of the Folded Wings, a tribute to the pioneers of aviation, is on the National Register of Historic Places; Valhalla is the burial site of many aviation pioneers and early Hollywood celebrities.
- Griffith Park – located at the eastern terminus of Victory Boulevard, Griffith Park is LA's largest park covering 4,210 acres (1,700 ha) with attractions including the Autry National Center, Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, L.A. Equestrian Center, Los Angeles Zoo, and Travel Town
Gallery of landmarks
Los Angeles River at Victory and White Oak
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