TORRANCE

The City of Torrance is located in southwest Los Angeles County.  It has a wide range property types including industrial parks, an oil refinery, small craft airport, manufacturing businesses, shopping malls and strip shopping centers, restaurants, major hotels, hospitals and more. 

The city has an excellent employment base to serve the needs of its citizens.  It also provides for the cultural and educational needs of the residents.  It is a large city with residential, commercial and industrial areas and a population in excess of 137,949, as recorded during the 2000 census. 
 
The City was incorporated in 1921 as a Charter City with a council-manager form of government.  City Hall is located at 3031 Torrance Blvd. in the Civic Center where the Police Department, Community Center, main library and even the County Courthouse are located.  

Schools  
 
The Torrance Unified School District is ranked very well among California schools.  There are three high schools, West High School, South High School and Torrance High School. 
   
You will find information on individual schools and attendance boundaries here or by clicking on the Local Schools tab on the main page of this website. 

Cultural Arts 

Torrance Cultural Arts Center and the James R. Armstrong Theater are located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. 

The City of Torrance supports the Arts with dedication and provides assistance and direction.  Within its plan is the active encouragement of youth development and artistic enterprises through available and reasonably priced City rental space.  

Under this city mandate, you will find a Torrance Art Museum that is free to the public.  It is operated within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center along with several other community programs.  These include a Torrance Civic Chorale and the Torrance Theater Company which perform for the community.  A popular Speakers\' Series is offered annually by subscription. 

Extensive Visual and Performing Arts classes are offered for children, teens and adults in a wide variety of art mediums, crafts, instrumental music, and dancing in locations throughout the community.  The current summer program is shown here.  In addition, a science and technology program is offered on Saturdays for elementary age children at a cost of $10.  Sample program offerings are shown here.

The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors additional classes and programs such as cheerleading and bodyboarding.  Others include swimming classes and ballet classes.

Parks and Recreation
 
The city of Torrance has many parks within its system.  You can access here a list of all parks in the City of Torrance and description of the size, hours, and amenities.  The parks include: 

Loma Park at 26126 Delos Dr.
Columbia Park at 4045 190th St.
De Partola Park at 25615 Lazy Meadow Dr.
Delthorne Park 3401 Spencer St.
Descanso Park at 2500 Descanso Way
El Nido Park at 18301 Kingsdale Ave.
El Retiro Park at 126 Vista del Parque
Entradero Park at 5500 Towers St. 
Greenwood Park at 1520 Greenwood Ave. 
Guenser Park at 17800 Gramercy Pl.
Hickory Park at 2850 232nd St.
La Carretera Park at 2040 W. 186th St.
La Paloma Park at Lomita Blvd.
La Romeria Park at 19501 Inglewood Ave. 
Lago Seco Park at 3920 235th St. 
Los Arboles Park at 5101 Calle De Ricardo
Madrona Marsh Preserve at 3201 Plaza Del Amo
McMaster Park at 3624 Artesia Blvd.
Miramar Park at 201 Paseo de la Playa
Osage Park at 17008 Osage Ave. 
Paradise Park at 5006 Lee St. 
Pueblo Recreation Center at 2252 Del Amo Blvd.
Sunnyglen Park at 5525 Del Amo Blvd.
Sur La Brea Park at 23610 Cabrillo Ave. 
Torrance Park at 2001 Santa Fe Ave. 
Victor Park at 4727 Emerald St.
Walteria Park at  3855 242nd St.
Wilson Park at  2200 Crenshaw Blvd. 

The Sea Shore and Beach

Within the boundaries of the City of Torrance is a strip of land that extends to the Pacific Ocean with white-sand beaches and favorite beachtime activities of residents.  Operated by the County of Los Angeles, the beach features County Lifeguards and a convenient parking lot (payment required).  A snack bar and bike trail are additional features.  You can ride bikes or jog (on an upper pedestrian level) all  the way to Marina del Rey and beyond.  

The beach is at the base of the Palos Verdes Estates coastline which has tidepools at low tide, surfers, and divers in view.  To the north is King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach and the source of regadas that ply the sea in view of the beachgoers.  Kyack, wave runner, and boat rentals are also available there.

Swimming Pool
 
Victor E. Benstead Plunge is located at 3331 Torrance Blvd. in the Recreation Center.  The pool is open year-round.  It is heated and is 50 by 20 meters. 

Golf Course 

Sea Aire Park Golf Course is located at 22730 Lupine Drive.  A 9 hole, par 3 course it is perfect for the casual golfer and newer players.  Clubs are available for rent or you can bring your own; a 9 iron and sand wedge may suffice.
 
Library
 
Torrance has an excellent library system to serve the large community with a number of branches in addition to the main library. 

Main Library - 3301 Torrance Blvd., Civic Center complex (310-618-5959).

El Retiro Branch - 126 Vista del Parque (310-375-0922).

Henderson Branch - 4805 Emerald  (310-375-2075).

North Torrance Branch - 3604 Artesia (310-323-7200).

Southeast Branch - 23115 S. Arlington (310-530-5044).

Walteria Branch - 3815 W. 242nd St. (310-375-8418).  
In addition, the County Library has additional materials that are available for residents' use.  Reciprocal agreements with other Libraries allow Torrance Library cardholders to use their facilities.
 
Shopping Centers

Torrance has outstanding shopping areas including Del Amo Fashion Center with 350 stores and 18 AMC theatres.  Other shopping centers include Torrance Promenade at 19800 Hawthorne Blvd., the Downtown Historic Shopping District on Cabrillo Ave., Torrance Towne Center, and Torrance Crossroads at Crenshaw and Lomita Blvd. where many big box and home improvement stores are located. 

Additional smaller strip centers provide for a wide variety of shops and services throughout the city.
 
Hospitals and Medical Facilities

Torrance has two highly rated major hospitals: Torrance Memorial Hospital located at 3330 W. Lomita Blvd. and Little Company of Mary Hospital located at 4101 Torrance Blvd.  A smaller specialized facility is Del Amo Hospital.
  
In nearby Harbor City is Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Medical Center at 15446 S. Western Ave., Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at 1000 W. Carson St. operated by the County of Los Angeles, and Bay Harbor Hospital at 1437 W. Lomita Blvd.
 
In addition there are smaller medical facilities such as outpatient surgery centers and rehabilitation centers in the city.    
 
 
 
 
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