ABOUT THE EUREKA VILLA ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Named after the years 1924-1928 when Val Verde was called “Eureka Villa” as a resort community, this park is a hybrid adventure playground and community space Located in the northern part of Los Angeles County in Val Verde, CA. We believe Eureka Villa had a previous life as a park during Val Verde's "Black Palm Springs" era when many of Hollywood's African American stars would vacation in Val Verde during segregation in Los Angeles.
We are very conscious of honoring its history by doing our best to create a space that nurtures a safe natural environment for those who often do not have access.
Eureka Villa is filled with rope swings, elderberry forts, a “bug van”, a giant bird cage, loose parts, and more. Eureka Villa is just shy of 2 acres and contains within its boundaries over 118 trees! Not only do we have such an incredible selection of trees, due to the age of the park, most are over 100 feet tall! We have 2 working stone grills, tire swings, and a few picnic benches still able to hold bodies.
Currently we are working on developing Eureka Villa with the goal of opening again with full offerings to the public by Spring 2021. We still make the space available for private gatherings in the interim.
For a special tour, check out this video of Dallas, son of SCV Adventure Play Foundation Founders Jeremiah and Erica, walking us through his favorite parts of the park when he was 5 years old.
VISITING EUREKA VILLA
In addition to staffing Eureka Villa with Playworkers focused on making the space as unadulterated as possible for the children at play, we ask visiting caregivers to follow our "Lightest Touch Policy".
This policy requires caregivers to continue to support their kids' play by mindfully "following their lead" by avoiding telling them how to play or inserting themselves into their play.
All players have only 2 rules:
1. Try not to hurt yourself
2. Try not to hurt any other living things at the site (including plants and animals).
We are open to all ages though we ask that players 4 years and younger stay under the purview of their caregivers. We also allow dogs (!) but do ask that the pet owner is responsible for their animal(s).
Because Eureka Villa is still a considerably "wild" space without electricity and water we recommend bringing the following to make your visit the best it can be:
>Closed Toed Shoes
>Dress for mess and the weather
>Water Bottles & Water
>Extra set of clothes
>Jacket/Coats for possible temperature shifts
>Any other items which help you feel comfortable in nature
GETTING TO EUREKA VILLA
Eureka Villa will get a formal address once we build structures on the site. Until then we ask visitors to use the address across the street for mapping which is:
28710 Madison Street
Val Verde, CA 91384
From the I-5 exit Newhall Ranch Road/ Hwy 126 West
Take the 126 West for 3.3 miles to turn onto Chiquito Canyon Road
Take Chiquito Canyon Road for 1.5 miles to Madison Street
Right on Madison Street and you are there!
Dirt Parking is available along the fence line on Madison Street and Taylor Street.
Parking along the street is also available if necessary.
PLAY AT EUREKA VILLA!
Our regular play offerings are on hiatus while we re-develop the site and prepare it to be open to the public. Please sign-up for our newsletter to get updates on the progress and keep in the know.
In the interim we still open the site up for private functions. Keep scrolling for more information on how to reserve the space.
PRIVATE EVENTS AT EUREKA VILLA
Eureka Villa is available for private gatherings including; field trips, birthday parties, family reunions, meetings, classes and more both with, and without playworkers and adventure play.
If you are interested in holding an event at Eureka Villa please fill out an interest form to
PACKAGES STARTING AT $150