La Cañada Flintridge is a small and affluent city in Los Angeles County, California, United States whose population at the 2010 census was 20,246, down from 20,318 at the 2000 census. Part of the name for La Cañada Flintridge comes from the Spanish word cañada, meaning canyon, gorge, ravine. According to Forbes, as of 2010, La Cañada Flintridge ranks as the 143rd most expensive U.S. city to live in, with a median home price of $1,321,367.
La Cañada Flintridge is only 20 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. But it has a small town atmosphere, with tree-lined streets and rolling lawns of spacious estates, and the San Gabriel Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop, the city represents the best of California living.
La Cañada Flintridge’s census statistics and demographics can be found on this page.
La Cañada Flintridge Parks and Recreation
The City of La Cañada Flintridge operates and maintains several Sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a skate park for the enjoyment and benefit of the community through a joint use agreement with the La Cañada Unified School District. In addition, the City manages and maintains the Lanterman Auditorium for various community uses. The City does not provide recreational activities directly, but several sports user groups, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, and the YMCA of the Foothills offer these services to the public.
Municipal parks include Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard at La Cañada Blvd.; Glenola Park on Angeles Crest Highway at Vista del Valle; Glenhaven Park on Glenhaven Drive at La Granada Way; Mayors’ Discovery Park on Foothill Boulevard west of the 2 Freeway on-ramp; and Olberz Park at the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center. These parks provide green space and play opportunities for adults and children.
There are several hiking and riding trails in the City, maintained either by the City or the County of Los Angeles. The City Council has placed a priority on increasing the trail system and vital links in the system are being planned and constructed.
The La Cañada Flintridge OneCityOneBook Committee selects a single book each year for community reading and discussion. Seeking works with broad community appeal, they choose primarily from fiction, memoir and history. Activities surrounding the selection are held in October of each year. The website also includes handy directories to local book clubs and bookstores.
La Cañada Flintridge Schools
La Cañada Flintridge families are served by a number of exceptional public, private and parochial schools. La Cañada Unified School District was founded in 1885 when the city had only 15 children of school age. Over the years, the District has grown to encompass a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools.
The western 1/6th of the city lies within the Glendale Unified School District, created in 1936. One elementary school, one middle school, one high school, and one science/technology magnet high school serve these La Cañada Flintridge families.
Complementing the area’s public schools are a number of private and parochial schools. Located within a thirty mile radius are over a dozen equally exceptional colleges, universities, and specialty schools. Listed here are all local pre-college schools and institutions. Details here.
- The first Frisbee golf course is located in the Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park), outside of La Cañada Flintridge and across the street from La Cañada High School.
- Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays.
- The La Cañada Town Center opened on Aug. 21, 2008. The $60 million shopping center development at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway includes the flagship Sport Chalet store (and the company headquarters next door), a remodeled Taylor’s Steakhouse, and a HomeGoods store, other retailers and eateries.
- La Cañada Congregational Church, formerly Church of the Lighted Window, is the city’s oldest church.
Here is a list of other churches.
La Cañada Flintridge Government
La Cañada Flintridge became a city in 1976. City Council is comprised of five members elected at large to four-year overlapping terms. Annually, the City Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor, and one member to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. La Cañada Flintridge became known as the city without a hyphen in its name, demonstrating community unity. There was a local furor when it was learned that a clerk in Sacramento had inadvertently added a hyphen while working on some LCF papers. It took an ordinance to correct the mistake. Never was that to happen again.