Tarzana is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is a mostly residential community on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. The area now known as Tarzana was occupied in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries who established the San Fernando Mission. The U.S. census counted 35,501 people living in Tarzana in 2000, and Los Angeles estimated the neighborhood's population at 37,778 in 2008. The Tarzana Recreation Center has a gymnasium that also is used as an auditorium; the building's capacity is 600. The park also has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.