L.A. Park Spotlight: Johnny Carson Park in Burbank

Est. April 1992


Bright & Serene

Tucked between film studios, the 134 FWY and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, sits a little park named the Johnny Carson Park.


It was dedicated in April 1992

by the Burbank City Council to the King of Late Night for “30 years of keeping America up late and laughing”.

We once saw Angelina Jolie’s kids playing here (they were with a nanny) and we’ve returned every so often wondering if we’ll encounter another celebrity kid sighting…lol.

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We love the Johnny Carson Park

Not only does it feature an awesome & interactive playground for kids, there are exercise stations throughout the park, a jogging trail, a Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial and plenty of information stands. The information stands explain the extensive habitat restoration that was completed to allow Burbank residents and visitors to breathe fresh air and get exercise in a more natural environment.


During our park visit,

Nina Irene was in town so she was left in charge of watching the boys.

Toby is currently going through a major shark obsession. This means he wears his shark helmet everywhere he goes… not a bad deal considering he loves going down slides belly down and head first!


Benny on the other hand,

Spent most of his time recruiting friends to play a Nerf-gun fueled game of humans versus zombies. The Johnny Carson Park has a small book deposit shaped like a small pink house, where kids are encouraged to borrow, exchange, drop off or take books and enjoy. This is sponsored by the Burbank Rotary Club.

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We always grab a few books,

read them while we’re there and return them for other kids to enjoy. It’s nice because you can sit on the lush green lawn overseeing the playground and read to your little ones to change the pace of the play date.


Once Paul and I were done running,

We gave each other a high-five. This was, after all, how we agreed to spend time in 2019— in great open-air spaces where the kids can play and we can workout.

Johnny Carson Park

400 Bob Hope Dr.

Burbank, CA 91505

Thanks for reading, friends!


-Anabel M.

Anabel Marquez