City of Van Nuys
Lot sales begin at the new town of Van Nuys, California on February 22, 1911. This area is named after Isaac Van Nuys, who founded the San Fernando Homestead Association in 1869, a group which purchased much of the land that now makes up the community. He also built the first wood frame house in the San Fernando Valley in 1872.
Van Nuys is the heart of the San Fernando Valley and home to about 100,000+ people; the main thoroughfare, Van Nuys Boulevard, is noted for its car dealerships.It also functions similar to a "county seat" for the Valley, with its Government Center (Erwin Street Mall) containing a branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys police station, the Van Nuys offices for Los Angeles City Hall, Van Nuys State Office Building and a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Van Nuys used to be the home for a major manufacturing plant for Chevrolet.When the plant was dismantled the site was converted into a shopping mall called The Plant.
Like many central San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, Van Nuys was a middle-class neighborhood as late as the 1070's. but the demographics of the area have considerably since then. Income levels have significantly declined (with inflation taken into account) and the neighborhood has taken onthe characteristics of South Los Angeles like the majority of the eastern San Fernando Valley. it is now a largely Latino neighborhood. There are, however, large notable pockets of Ugandan Americans, Rwandan Americans, Filipino Americans, African Americans, and Thai Americans as well.
In late 2004, the San Fernando Valley's first historic district was proposed for an area of early 20th Century bungalows north of Victory between Van Nuys Boulevard and Kester. According to the November 23, 2004, Los Angeles Times, " The neighborhood became a melting pot of ethnic groups and home styles. Many of the surviving prewar gems are fronted by Old Glory and valued at more than $400,000. Nearby stand such historic buildings as Van Nuys High School (1914), St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (1920) and the 12th Church of Christ Scientist (1932)
The Van Nuys Recreation Area is in Van Nuys. The area has an auditorium and gymnasium with a capacity of 420 people, and a multipurpose/community room with a capacity of 20–25 people. The area has barbecue pits, lighted baseball diamonds, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, lighted handball courts, an indoor gymnasium with no weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.
Delano Park in Van Nuys has an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a lighted football field, lighted handball courts, an indoor gymnasium with no weights, picnic tables, and a lighted soccer field.
The Van Nuys adjacent Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area to the west is a large open space park behind Sepulveda Dam. The Metro Orange Line bicycle path connects Van Nuys to it and other valley destinations. It has numerous recreation facilities and natural areas, including a wildlife preserve, cricket complex, and archery range at Woodley Park.
The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is in Sherman Oaks, near Van Nuys. The park has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts. Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (a.k.a. Bernardi Center), also on the park grounds, has an auditorium and multi-purpose room. The senior community hall also has two community/meeting rooms, two kitchens, a play area, a shuffle board area, a stage, and two storage rooms. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts.
Van Nuys is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
• Van Nuys Community Adult School (on the same campus as Van Nuys High School) 6-12 schools:
• Robert Fulton College Preparatory K-12 school:
• Valley Alternative Magnet School High schools:
• Van Nuys High School
• Birmingham High School Middle schools:
• Van Nuys Middle School
• Mulholland Middle School Elementary schools:
• Columbus Avenue Elementary School
• Sylvan Elementary School
• Stagg Street School
• Gault Street School Private schools
• Children's Community School - an independent, progressive elementary school.