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In general, dogs were born to run, but when your hound is raised in an urban environment it’s sometimes a challenge to find the ideal place to allow your pooch to do just that. No longer. Following are five places to take your canine for a series of fast sprints or slow jogs across specifically delineated areas as well as paths made by our furry friends’ sheer use.
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Grand Park Dog Park
200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
www.grandparkla.com

What better place is there to stay in the fray downtown while being able to unleash your pet? That statement was rhetorical because this Los Angeles urban park, convenient to City Hall and the Music Center, contains a gated area reserved just so your hounds can romp. In fact, this is a great place to go for anyone, (wo)man or beast, who wants to have a go-to place at which to get in some play even on a work day.

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Lake Hollywood Park
3160 Canyon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688
www.laparks.com

This lovely outpost will give you and your pet the perfect view of the Hollywood Sign, as well as a great place to run around and expel some energy. Bringing any out-of-towner as well as your dog when you go to visit is a great idea too, as it’s a terrific place to see the iconic landmark up-close-and-personal. Whether you’re there for the view or to relax, you’ll still have a great time running around with your canine as you both enjoy the banks of fetching Lake Hollywood.

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Pershing Square
532 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970
www.laparks.org

This pet-friendly environment downtown doesn’t let you release your dog from his or her leash, but it’s still an ideal place to walk alongside your furry friend. With a lot of open space to roam right in the middle of the city in downtown Los Angeles, the pretty public park features a pool and a fountain, and is a refreshing change of pace for everyone, humans and canines alike. Along with the hanging wall garden, the pet area is new to this landmark area that makes sure every resident of the city of Los Angeles, furry or not, enjoys a spacious place to play.

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Crescenta Valley Dog Park
3901 Dunsmore Ave.
La Cresenta, CA 91214
(818) 249-5940
www.parks.lacounty.com

Designed with care, this recently opened dog park offers two different areas designated by fences for two different canine types: One for the large varieties and one for the small pups. Expect plenty of shade from the old oak trees that grow here and a water fountain for filling both the dogs and your tank with the wet stuff that helps you keep hydrated. If our furry friends could talk, they would say what their humans say: Crescenta Valley Dog Park is “a hidden jewel.” So grab your bone treats and go, Fido, go.


Silver Lake Dog Park
1850 W Silver Lake Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 644-3946
www.silverlakedogpark.com

As a community favorite, this east side dog park might not be a dog run park, however this patch of green in the middle of Silver Lake village offers plenty of room to let your dog off leash to full-out run all over the place and back again. That said, little and big dogs are segregated from each other so your pup can play with someone his or her own size. One special aspect: Tennis balls are lurking all over this dog park, just ready for your furry friend to enjoy and then leave behind for the next dog who visits. Nifty, huh?

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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