What is a Dog Park and where are they in Los Angeles?

Sep 16, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Living in the city with a dog, isn’t easy. No matter if you live in a small apartment or large house, dogs need to run free every now and then.

Although there are plenty of places you can walk your dog, where do you go when you want to let your dog run free and off his or her leash, a place where you don’t have to worry about them running away, or being exposed to danger?

On one of my first visits to Los Angeles, I saw a dog park, which for me, was a totally new concept and something I never knew about or had seen. Having lived the previous 20 years in suburbia without a dog, I never remember seeing a dog park. But, living in the city, it’s great to have one close by.

What’s required for a Dog Park?

Run and Relax

Plenty of Open Spaces for running as well as a place for their owners to sit and relax

A dog waste station

A Dog Waste Station

A Watering Station

A Refreshing Watering Station

The Rules

A List of Rules

Big Dogs and Little Dogs

A separate area for large dogs and small dogs (this isn’t mandatory, but nice)

Shoe Scraper

A shoe scraper just in case

Here’s a map of the Dog Parks scattered around the city:

View Los Angeles County Dog Parks in a larger map

So, if you’re a dog owner and need a place for your dog to run around and mingle, we’re sure this map will help you let find a dog park near you so you and your dog can have some fun while Travelin’ Local.

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6 Responses to “What is a Dog Park and where are they in Los Angeles?”

  1. FrugalNYC says:

    Hi Lisa!

    It’s been a while since I last stopped by. Been a while since I posted shots on VGAPhotos blog as well. Hope you’ve been well.

    This post is great! NYC has similar Dog Parks, though I have not seen any equipped as well as the one you show in your photos. One that comes to mind is Madison Square park, in the Flatiron district in NYC. Another is in the park by Gracie Mansion called Carl Schurz Park

    The dogs I see there are very happy! I think your post will definitely help dog owners reading your blog! :)
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @FrugalNYC, I hope so. I know there have been some complaints by dog owners that there aren’t enough dog parks, but the ones we have are good, and from what I’ve seen, they are being well used.

    Just as I was leaving this park, a gentleman arrived with about 10 dogs. :)


  2. Kim says:

    I can’t say I have ever been to a dog park.. I bet my dog would love it!!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Kim, It was fun watching the dogs get along with each other. However, after seeing the many sizes, I can totally understand why there are two sections, one for large dogs and one for smaller ones. :)


  3. Julie @organic dog treats says:

    Good info! I’m actually surprised there aren’t more dog parks in LA. I live in a semi-rural area, and we have several dog parks. My dogs love it – they can romp around with all the other dogs off leash. As long as people only bring well mannered dogs, it’s a great thing!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Julie @organic dog treats, That’s the biggest complaint of dog owners here, not enough dog parks. When I went there, it was amazing to see so many dogs all getting along.


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