Many families count dogs as an extra member of the family. And just like our kids, dogs need the chance to run and play and socialize with others. Luckily, there is no shortage of dog parks in our city. Here is our list of the Best Dog Parks in and Around Los Angeles.
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Duquesne Ave. and Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
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.
Arts District Dog Park
1004 E. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Arts District Dog Park is a small-ish, private, non-profit dog park and has longer hours than most other dog parks. It is open daily from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm. Additionally, you’ll find a dog water fountain, a separate area for small dogs, shade trees, and benches. The ground cover is made up of a decomposed granite surface. Visiting dogs must be at least four months old and up-to-date with licenses and vaccines.
Bluff Creek Dog Park
12604 Bluff Creek Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094
You’ll find Bluff Creek Dog Park in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. The park is open seven days a week (opening at 7:00 am Monday through Friday, 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, and closing at dusk). Bluff Creek is the only dog park in Playa Vista that offers “pet turf” in contrast to the wood chips you’ll find at other parks. You’ll also find “rolling hills” and a central stream.
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Griffith Park Dog Park
North end of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on N. Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Griffith Park Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, although it does close each Tuesday from 6:00 am to 10:00 am for maintenance. This 1.6-acre dog park tends to be most popular with families “in the know” and so doesn’t tend to get as crowded as other parks. You’ll find separate fenced-off areas for small and large dogs, shaded sitting areas, and picnic tables. No grass here, which can make clean-up easier. A visit to Griffith Park Dog Park can also be included into a whole day spent in Griffith Park and its many family-friendly attractions!
Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park
17550 Victory Blvd., Encino, CA 91406
The Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, though it is closed each Friday from 6:00 am to 11:00 am for regular maintenance. Families will enjoy this 6.5-acre dog park which offers two small dog runs and one large dog run. You’ll also find lots of trees providing shade as well as benches and chairs. The site also hosts a low-cost Vaccine Clinic each Sunday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Hermon Park in the Arroyo Seco Dog Park
5566 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042
The Hermon Park in the Arroyo Seco Dog Park is open each day from sunrise to sunset. Families will find two fenced areas — one for large dogs and one for small/elderly/disabled dogs. Families will also appreciate the many trees, benches, and water dispensers for the dogs. The surface is made up of decomposed granite which means it’s mud free and makes for an easier clean up. The site also hosts family-friendly and dog-friendly events on a regular basis.
Alice’s Dog Park (aka Alice Frost Kennedy Dog Park)
3026 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
Alice’s Dog Park is open six days a week from dawn to dusk and closed on Tuesdays. Dogs will enjoy 2.5-acres, and owners will appreciate that there are water stations (for people and dogs), poop bag dispensers, benches, separate areas for small and large dogs, and 52 parking spots. Use of the park is not restricted to Pasadena residents though all dogs must have a current license and be current with their vaccines.
Polliwog Park Dog Run
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Polliwog Park Dog Run is the largest dog run in the city of Manhattan Beach. Polliwog Park encompasses a total of 18 acres, and the dog run is located at the west end of the park. The dog run is open daily from 6:30 am to either 8:00 or 9:00 pm depending on the season. You can click here to read the official Polliwog Park Dog Run Rules. Keep in mind that some visitors do mention that the dog run is sometimes hard to find in such a large park.
Whittier Dog Park
12206 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601
Whittier Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, except on Thursdays when it opens at 11:00 am due to park maintenance. Dogs may exercise and play off-leash though all dogs must be at least 4 months of age. No more than 3 dogs are allowed per adult. The dog park is mostly made up of sand/dirt and not a lot of grass (though owners say that makes cleaning up after your dog much easier). You’ll also find two areas — one for small dogs and one for larger dogs.
Lake Hollywood Park
3160 Canyon Lake Dr., Los Angeles, CA
The Lake Hollywood Park boasts a children’s play area, picnic tables, barbecue pits, and an incredible view of the Hollywood sign. In addition, the park is dog-friendly though dogs must remain on leashes. The park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. (Keep in mind the area can get crowded due to visitors trying to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign).
Silver Lake Dog Park
1863 Silve Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
The Silver Lake Dog Park is open seven days a week, from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. (Note that the park closes each Wednesday from 6:00 am to 8:30 am for regular maintenance). Dogs will enjoy running off-leash at this fenced-in park which has a separate area for smaller pets. Regularly visiting families speak highly of the friendly dogs and dog owners you’ll encounter here, the biggest complaint is the lack of grass.
Oberrieder Dog Park
5349 Playa Vista Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094
Families can visit the Oberrieder Dog Park from 7:00 am to dusk each day. While this isn’t a very large dog park, it is still quite popular. You’ll find fountains, some agility equipment, benches, and shade. The grounds are made up of bark/wood chips not grass, and parking is plentiful (and free).
Laurel Canyon Dog Park
8260 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90046
The Laurel Canyon Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. (Keep in mind, that the dog park is closed each Friday from 6:00 am to 11:00 am for regular maintenance). Families visiting the dog park will find amazing views of the surrounding area. The park has 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.
Redondo Beach Dog Park
Flagler Lane and 190th, Redondo Beach, CA
At Redondo Beach Dog Park you’ll find a 3-acre dog run featuring separate areas for small and large dogs. The Dog Park is located at the northern end of Dominguez Park and is open daily from dawn to dusk, except for Wednesdays when it doesn’t open until noon for maintenance. The park also features benches and water fountains (for both animals and humans).
Runyon Canyon Dog Park
2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Families who enjoy hiking Runyon Canyon will appreciate the convenience of the Runyon Canyon Dog Park. The dog park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Families will find beautiful walking trails providing scenic views of our city. There are separate fenced-off areas for small and large dogs. Keep in mind that this is a popular spot, and as is common in Los Angeles, parking can be a challenge sometimes.
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