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  • The Best Dog Parks in Los Angeles: the Definitive List

    by Andrew Borgschulte

    Los Angeles offers pleasant weather all year round, which means that much more time to head out with your pup to the nearest dog park. We’ve put together the list of the coolest, most fun, and overall best dog parks in Los Angeles. Let’s check ’em out!

    Runyon Canyon Dog Park

    This outdoor paradise is the only legal off-leash dog trail in LA and is enormous. There are 160 acres of meandering trails with amazing views of the city, stretched out to the horizon, so this is not your ordinary “dog park”, it is a massive dog-friendly zone.

    Keep an eye out for the signs that designate on-leash and off-leash friendly zones. Even if you plan on staying in the off-leash areas with your dog, make sure you still bring a leash because you will need it between there and where you park. There are a number of rules signs, mostly near the gates, but there are the standard regulations that you’ll find at any of the dog-friendly parks or beaches in the city of Los Angeles.

    Rosie’s Dog Beach

    Rosie’s Dog Beach, located in Long Beach, opened in 2003. This area is not fenced in and is not a dedicated “dog beach.” The area has metered parking in the Bennett Avenue lot, trash cans and nearby restrooms. Some bags are provided in dispensers, but users are encouraged to bring their own bags from home. Bags and pooper scoops are available.

    The Dog Zone is in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Rosie’s Dog Beach one may be closed occasionally due to a special event or poor beach conditions. Dogs are not permitted at times other than scheduled hours, or any other place than Dog Zone and access paths.

    Arts District Dog Park

    This recently reopened park is in the heart of downtown LA, located as the name implies, in the Arts District. Being downtown, this space is somewhat small at only 6,000 square feet, but if you live nearby and don’t want to fight typical LA traffic, this is the spot!

    The small but well-kept space boasts a separate gated little dog area and water fountains. It is open from 5 am to 11 pm daily

    The Boneyard

    The Boneyard is open each day from sunrise until 10:00 pm. This off-leash dog park is located within a large park and features a small and large dog park area, benches, trees, and water fountains in just over a little more than an acre.

    Decomposed granite is used as ground cover. And don’t forget, dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, and over the age of four months.

    Laurel Canyon Dog Park

    The Laurel Canyon Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. However, the dog park is closed each Friday from 6:00 am to 11:00 am for regular maintenance.

    You will find amazing views of the surrounding area, a smaller area for smaller dogs, and a larger area for larger dogs. The park is made up of three acres and also includes a separate children’s playground though not a lot of shade. 

    Lake Hollywood Dog Park

    Lake Hollywood Park boasts a children’s play area, picnic tables, barbecue pits, and an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. While the park is dog-friendly, dogs must remain on leashes. The park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

    One thing to keep in mind is that the area can get crowded due to tourists trying to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign, but that view is what makes this such a great park!

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