LA Dog Parks: Where Do You Take Your Pooch?

LA Dog Parks: Where Do You Take Your Pooch?

Grace Shu
Mar 31, 2008

On the weekends, we like to take the dogs to a park to give them a change of scenery and new buddies to play with. We've visited our fair share of dog parks in LA; check out our list of parks to take your canine companion(s) after the jump!

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  • Alice Frost Kennedy Off-Leash Dog Park in Pasadena - OK, so it may appear that we're a teeny bit biased given our close proximity to this awesome dog park, but trust us: it's worth a visit. Why? There's always grass, people are REALLY good about picking up after their dogs, parking is easy, and there's separate areas for small/special needs dogs and bigger dogs. Also, the chain link fence is 6' tall, so all dogs can be off-leash...including roaming huskies.
  • Laurel Canyon Dog Park - If you have a big dog, this park would be ideal for you and your pooch (although small dogs are welcome). This park is huge, fenced, and open 24 hrs a day. Also noteworthy: if you're looking for love, forget Match.com and just bring your dog here. This park ranks high on the singles scene.
  • The Boneyard in Culver City - There may not be grass at this park, but there is sand (a little better than packed dirt). This park has separate areas for big and small dogs, and features the standard dog park necessities like a water fountain and poop bags. Be warned: The sandy gravel will get your dog a bit more dirty and dusty than usual, so bring a towel.
  • Runyon Canyon Park - This isn't a dog park per se, but if you want to get a work out with your dog and tired of the same old walking route, then this place is ideal. Take your dog with you as you huff and puff up the hills and eavesdrop on some uh, interesting conversations. Also a good place to spy on celebrities sweating it up. The downside to this park is that owners don't seem to be picking up after the dogs.
  • Silverlake Dog Park - This is probably our least favorite dog park, but it gets on this list for the location. For residents in and around Silverlake/Los Feliz, this dog park is better than no dog park. This park is all packed dirt with very little shade, and parking can be difficult. On the plus side, it's open until 10pm.
  • Griffith Park Dog Park - This park is pretty decent: there's a bit of grass (sometimes), water bowls and tubs, and separate areas for well-behaved dogs and one for anti-social/special needs dogs. Owners are fairly vigilant about picking up after their pet.
  • Don't see your favorite on the list? Share it with us in the comments...

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