Fitdog is the perfect place for your pup to spend the day socializing with other dogs while you are at work or school. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to have fun with your dog, too! Local dog parks are the ideal place to play with your pooch in a safe outdoor environment.
Dog parks are a great place to keep your pup fit and happy. Not to mention, they are awesome locals to encourage your dog to socialize and for you to meet some fellow dog-lovers! If you want your active pup to get some outdoor exercise, try our top picks for dog parks on the West Side!
- Barrington Dog Park (333 South Barrington Ave.) – This popular 1.5-acre park has plenty of room for your pup to get off his leash and run around. Barrington is aimed at being an inviting environment for dogs and their owners — which is why it has wide-open space for your pup to frolic and a separate area for small or timid dogs. Another plus? It has free parking — a rarity in L.A.! It’s open from sunrise to sunset, but is closed Tuesday from 6 AM to 10 PM
- Airport Park Dog Park (3201 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica) — This great off-leash park is next to the Santa Monica Airport and not only does it have lots of parking, it also has bike racks if you and your pup prefer a more active route to the park. It has separate areas for dogs depending on their size and lots of shady spots for dogs to rest. One thing to know — your dog needs a tag on their collar with a permit to be there. You can pick one up at the city-run Santa Monica Animal Shelter for a small fee! It’s open from 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM daily.
- Oberrieder Dog Park (Bluff Creek Dr. and Seabluff Dr. in Playa Vista) — This off-leash dog park is great and super close to a dog-friendly restaurant. It’s well kept and has lots of room for parking. Not to mention, it has a scenic view, a doggy water fountain, and fresh wood chips that your dog will love! It’s open daily from dusk till dawn.
- Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park(17550 Victory Blvd. in Encino) — This low-key dog park is a well-kept secret. With grass and giant oak trees spread over 6.5 acres, it’s a beautiful spot to hang out with your pup. It features separate enclosures for dogs depending on their size. If you bring a leash, you and your dog can also hit the seven-mile track around Lake Balboa for a morning run! It’s open from sunrise to sunset, but closes on Fridays from 6 AM. to 11 AM for maintenance.
- The Boneyard (Jefferson and Duquesne in Culver City) — The Boneyard is a popular off-leash park with ample parking, clean water fountains and separate areas for large and small dogs. This spot is certainly a local favorite! It’s open from sunrise until 10 PM daily.
Why not take your pup for a run at each of these dog parks this week to keep your dog happy and fit? Let us know which park is your favorite!