Northeast Los Angeles may not have very many dog parks, but those it does have are packed with enough creature comforts that will turn you and your pup into repeat customers.
Take Hermon Dog Park, for example. Located within Arroyo Seco Park (a park that’s totally worth checking out on its own), Hermon Dog Park is 1.3 acres of off-leash dog heaven. Just behind the double-gated entrance you’ll find two fenced areas—one for large dogs and one for small, elderly, and disabled dogs. The park also offers plenty of tree-shaded sitting areas for owners and water dispensers for the dogs. Since the park offers bowls for drinking, owners don’t have to worry about bringing along any additional equipment to ensure their dogs can stay hydrated in between bouts of the zoomies and fetch sessions.
The surface is made of decomposed granite, which means pet owners won’t have to worry about their pups getting muddy. Oh, and to assist in the potty department, scoopers and biodegradable doggie waste bags are available for use as well.
Maybe because Hermon Dog Park is nestled in a less populated region of Los Angeles—near Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, and South Pasadena—the space doesn’t get as much of the traffic and crowds you normally encounter at other L.A. dog parks. Because the surrounding neighborhoods tend to be quiet, dog owners can expect a hassle-free outdoor experience and pleasant interactions with other local dog owners. There is always parking in the area as well as a unisex bathroom next to the tennis courts that’s open during park hours.
Hermon Dog Park was opened in July of 2005 by the Friends of Hermon Dog Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers and funded only by donations. The Friends of Hermon Dog Park has made it their mission to “maintain Hermon Dog Park, keep its environment safe and healthy, teach responsible pet ownership and further humane education, encourage dog training efforts, organize pet adoption events, and help other organizations that provide for the care of animals.”
Since its inception, the organization has hosted numerous events and programs, including spay/neuter events, pet adoption fairs, vaccination and microchipping clinics, dog park improvement and cleanup projects, and more, so be on the lookout for upcoming announcements.
Even though Hermon Dog Park hasn’t been around for too long, it’s consistently been a favorite for dog-owning Angelenos. Plus in 2010, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Dog Fancy Magazine (now Dogster), Hermon Dog Park was ranked 7th nationwide on its list of the country’s top 40 parks, and was voted 2nd in the top 10 parks in California.
So whether your dog is large and bulky or small and lean, friendly and energetic or shy and relaxed, Hermon Dog Park has something for just about any kind of pup who wants to get out of the apartment or backyard and roam free like they were meant to.
Hermon Dog Park is free of charge and is open to the public every day from dawn until dusk. To ensure the safety of all dogs, only dogs that have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered are allowed in the park. Click here for the full list of dog park rules.