What it is: Oval Drive Park is the for the Watts-Hillandale area. It got its name from Oval Drive which goes all around the park. Club Boulevard cuts through it, and the southern half usually has adult pick-up ball games, while the northern half is the kids' area. The park has a baseball pitch/play field, a cement track that goes around it, and multiple play structures and slides, as well as a small water feature for the kids to wet their feet in.
What we like about it: This is a very simple park, but because the neighborhood around it is tightly-knit and well-established, it always has a fun atmosphere around it, so my kids ask for this park more than any other. It is set in a bowl, so that it feels safe and set apart from the road, and the cement track allows kids to ride their bikes and scooters around and around and burn off a lot of energy. The big trees keep it in dappled shade. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Only Burger truck occasionally set up here, so if you keep an eye on it, it can be a great evening to get your food, claim a or piece of lawn, and kick back in the shade.
What we would change: There's a water run-off portion that they've placed large rocks into, and it seems to magnetically attract kids into the mud, or they pick up the rocks (and throw them, put them in the car, etc).
Website and Directions: Watts-Hillandale is so named because it is located between Hillandale Road and the former Watts Hospital (now the School of Science and Math). Oval Park is on Club Blvd midway between these two spots.
Oval Drive Park