Sylmar is the northernmost community in the San Fernando Valley, east of the I-5 freeway and north of the city of San Fernando. Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, Sylmar was once the site of the world's largest olive groves. Now it boasts a large, diverse community with a multitude of notable places. El Cariso Community Regional Park includes outdoor sports courts, picnic tables and shelters, an indoor kitchen, and a swimming pool. El Cariso Golf Course is also located nearby and hosts many golfers every day. Sylmar is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District and has many quality schools, including Sylmar High School which has a prosperous sports program and has sent many students to professional sports teams. Sylmar is also well-known for hang gliding - pilots have been gliding in the mountains above Sylmar since 1969. The Flight Park in Sylmar hosts hang gliders from all around and enjoys around 300 days of flying a year. Many of Sylmar's residents own horses and can be seen riding them on the sides of streets and on designated trails. Because it is located in the foothills, Sylmar is a perfect place for outdoor activities.