The sports scene at Studio City Park leans toward that of Canada--minus the ice.
Like their neighbors to the north, many children here eagerly learn to skate and play hockey--albeit on rollers, not blades--almost before they can walk. Leagues for players as young as 5 hold regular games, drawing hordes of goal-scorers from all over the San Fernando Valley.
But park officials recently prohibited games in the parking lot, the park's main hockey spot, saying they couldn't afford to forfeit the parking spaces. Now, as children make do by playing at other Valley sites, parents and players are raising funds for a roller hockey rink at the park.
"The other rinks in the area are really far away," said Lea Engle, a parent who is helping to organize the fund-raising effort. "Plus this is a park that we are all used to. It's a tightknit community where everybody knows everybody else. I'd rather have my kids in that kind of great atmosphere."