Guests of the Holiday Inn Burbank that want to enjoy a slice of nature, without having to travel more than 15 minutes away, should find the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the San Fernando Valley. Located at the junction of Interstate 405 and the US 101, Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve provides visitors a glimpse of what the San Fernando Valley looked like before the onset of agricultural and residential development.
The Evolution of an Urban Wildlife Gem
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve represents decades of slow development that began with the creation of a 48-acre wetland zone established south of Burbank Boulevard near the Los Angeles River. Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department then created a 60-acre natural wildlife habitat north of Burbank Boulevard that included the planting of native plants and trees. After establishing a watershed replete with plants and wildlife, the county developed walking and cycling paths to attract nature lovers. In 1998, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed an amphitheatre and pedestrian bridges to enhance the wildlife reserve’s family friendly attractions.Details