Few small cities are as well-equipped to provide their residents with a healthy environment than Culver City. From creating recreational opportunities to providing high-quality health care to helping their residents adopt a healthy lifestyle, Culver City does it all.
Our city is filled with expansive parks, a varied city recreation program and a business community that caters to the health and medical needs of its residents.
The City of Culver City oversees a park system that includes 13 parks and parkettes in every corner of the community. Each park is different and offers unique activities and facilities, so whether you’re seeking a place to barbecue, hold a picnic, swim or play everything from basketball and tennis to softball and soccer, there’s a place for you. In addition, many Culver City parks offer age-appropriate playground areas, pooch paths and jogging paths. Some parks even include night lighting so the fun can continue even after the sun goes down. A complete list of Culver City parks and amenities can be found on the city’s website: www.culvercity.org.
In addition to overseeing a collection of beautiful parks, the Culver City Recreation Division offers scores of recreation classes for all ages and interests. Offered quarterly and sometimes monthly, these courses run the gamut from preschool age activities to arts, dance, and music, to sports, health, wellness. There’s truly something for everyone.
Culver City also has no shortage of places to run, jog, walk and take advantage of the area’s incredible weather. For those interested in combining an amazing view with their workout, Culver City offers access to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and its trail system. A two-year Baldwin Hills Parklands Service Area project is nearing completion and will plan, program and create materials that promote parks as a tool to achieve physical and psychological health. As it nears completion, the area still allows visitors to take in breathtaking views, hike through restored native habitat, and enjoy a state-of-the-art visitor center. Visitors can begin to discover, or residents can rediscover Los Angeles from this 500-foot peak that offers panoramic views of the entire Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains.
If getting around on two wheels is more your thing, Culver City is actively working to improve its bicycle pathway system, which includes a dedicated path along Culver Boulevard and connectivity to the Ballona Creek Bike Path, which follows the channelized Ballona Creek for seven miles from Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver City to the Pacific Ocean, where it connects with the Santa Monica Beach and South Bay Bike Path.
Culver City is updating its bicycle and pedestrian plan, which has already seen the city add five miles of new bike lanes, even more sharrows, dozens of crosswalk improvements and safer routes to school. The new effort seeks to find innovative ways to link Downtown Culver City to public transit locations and employment hubs throughout the city.
In addition to a long list of recreational activities, Culver City businesses provide great services for health-minded residents.
Cedars-Sinai has two urgent care locations, including one in Culver City, that serve adults and children who need immediate medical care for conditions that are not life threatening. Having a Cedars-Sinai urgent care center in the neighborhood means when unplanned healthcare needs arise, Culver City residents can take advantage of:
• Walk-in visits with shorter wait times
• Expedited service for common conditions like cold and flu, ear infections, sprains and muscle aches
• Extended hours, every day of the week
• Board-certified family practice physicians who can treat both children and adults
• Highly trained internal medicine and pediatric teams of physician assistants
• On-site lab and X-ray services
Located just outside the city proper, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles was proud to recently receive the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Gold Award for its cutting-edge, 105,000 square-foot Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw medical office building.
This award “showcases the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects throughout Los Angeles,” according to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s website. The Gold award recognized Kaiser Permanente as the developer; Turner Construction as the builder; and Culver City’s HOK as the architect.
The building’s cutting-edge technologies create an intuitive, convenient, personalized experience for members. A highlight is the open, light-filled reception area, which offers a variety of comfortable lounge settings, a Thrive bar learning center, self-check-in kiosks, and features several pieces of vibrant art, which are all original pieces from local artists.
From the day it opened as an eight-bed maternity hospital more than 80 years ago, Southern California Hospital at Culver City has dedicated itself to providing quality care to the Culver City and West Los Angeles communities.
Now at 420 beds, Southern California Hospital at Culver City offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as rehabilitation, psychiatric care and chemical dependency. The hospital also offers a 24-hour emergency room staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and nurse specialists.
Culver City is a haven for those of retirement age who still want to stay connected to their community and live an active lifestyle while taking advantage of nearby services focused on seniors. Whether they are retired of just hoping to age in place, Culver City is full of opportunities.
Of course, the crown jewel for seniors is the Culver City Senior Center, widely recognized as one of the finest facilities of its kind in Los Angeles County. The Culver City Senior Center is an active adult recreation center that offers classes, workshops and seminars for adults from ages 50 and older. The center offers more than 100 classes every week, including yoga, line dancing, French, arts and crafts, tai chi, improv, pastels and many more.
Equipped with an on-site gym, Culver City Senior Center also offers a weekly dance with live band, movies two days a week and day and overnight trips to fun local destinations. The center also provides a variety of social services from support groups and legal and tax assistance to individual peer counseling and health-insurance counseling.
Boasting more than 4,700 members, the Culver City Senior Center is open to individuals 50 years of age and older. Call the center at (310) 253-6700 for the current fee schedule and more information about activities and membership.
Seniors are also drawn to Culver City because of the way the community rallies around its seniors to help.
Culver City’s Housing Agency maintains a list of senior buildings that provide low rents to people over the age of 62. For more information about these apartments, please visit https://www.culvercity.org/live/community-neighborhood/adult-senior-services/senior-housing.
For those who have trouble or cannot afford to cook for themselves, Culver City’s Elderly Nutrition Program invites anyone aged 60 and over to participate in a Congregate Lunch Program and a Home Delivered Meals Program and Snack N’ Chat. The Congregate Meal Service is intended to maintain and improve the physical and social well-being of mobile older adults in a group setting, serving lunch weekdays in the Senior Center Dining Room. For more information and how to qualify, contact the Nutrition Site Manager at (310) 253-6727. Through the Home Delivered Meal Program, hot, nutritious meals are delivered to seniors who live within the City of Culver City boundaries and are homebound and unable to prepare meals on their own. For more information on this program and how to qualify, please call 310-253-6748.
Two of Culver City’s premier senior living communities offer a wide array of living options and activities for residents.
Studio Royale, located on Overland Avenue, offers studio and studio suites for those who require assisted living services. Residents of Studio Royale can take advantage of three meals per day, community activities and outings, laundry services and the option of three levels of care. For more information, please call (877) 622-2060.
Also on Overland Avenue, Palm Court Retirement Living offers a scenic independent living environment for those age 55+, with convenient access shopping centers, theaters and fine dining and medical facilities. Spacious studio, one, and two bedroom floor plans and bungalows are designed with comfort and convenience in mind and offer many amenities ranging from air conditioning, kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves, vertical blinds, spacious walk-in closets, and high speed internet. Palm Court,a pet-friendly community, also includes a full-service beauty and barber salon, daily housekeeping service and chauffeured transportation for shopping and medical appointments. To schedule a tour and enjoy a complimentary lunch, please call (310) 559-4999.
Culver City also has wide variety of private professional services are available throughout the city, including senior and social services, hospitals, full-service senior apartments, a five-star skilled nursing facility and efficient public transportation – all of which allow for safe and easy living.