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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I call for information about Los Angeles Parks?
A: You may call (323) 913-4688 for a touch-tone menu selection regarding Los Angeles parks.

Q: Where can I rent horses in Griffith Park?
A: The Department of Recreation and Parks does not provide horse rentals, however, horses may be rented at local stables in the area. Some stables include:

Possible Local Horse Rental Locations
Bar S. Stables
1850 Riverside Dr., Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 242-8443
L.A. Equestrian Center
480 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 840-8401
J.P. Stables
1914 Mariposa St., Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 843-9890
Sunset Stables
3400 N. Beachwood Dr., Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 464-9612

This information is provided as a courtesy to Griffith Park patrons and is subject to change without notice. Most locations require a driver's license, and take cash only.

Q: What kind of activities can I do in Griffith Park?
A:
Griffith Park has 4,218 acres of natural area and is the largest municipally-owned and operated park in the world. This facility offers 28 tennis courts, numerous picnic and sports areas and 53 miles hiking and equestrian trails. In addition, the park contains the Griffith Observatory, Greek Theatre, Travel Town, Los Angeles Zoo, Gene Autry Museum, Pony and Train rides, and three golf courses including a driving range.

Q: Where can I find out about special events in Griffith Park?
A:
The Communications Center provides general park information, trail maps, and information regarding upcoming special events. You may contact the Communications Center at (323) 913-7390.

Q: What time do the parks close?
A:
Los Angeles parks are generally open for public use from 5:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., although some parks close at sunset.

Q: Is Griffith Park the only city park with activities?
A:
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has approximately four hundred parks and recreation facilities. Each facility is unique and has many activities to offer that vary depending on its location. Please contact the recreation director of the facility you are interested in for further information on activities offered.

Q: Can I let my dog run off leash in the parks?
A:
The Department of Recreation and Parks provides the public with dog off-leash areas throughout the city.

Off-Leash Dog Parks
Facility Name & Address: Park Features:
LAUREL CANYON PARK
8260 Mulholland Dr., Studio City, CA 90046
Phone: (818) 769-4415
3 acres off-leash
Small fenced children's play area
Parking for 35 cars
Public phones available Open daily - sunrise to 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
SILVERLAKE DOG PARK
1850 W. Silver Lake Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (323) 644-3946
1.25 acres off-leash
Street parking only
Public phones available Open daily 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
RUNYON CANYON PARK
2000 N. Fuller, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 666-5046
160 acre park
90 acres off-leash
Park is on a steep hill with trails
Children's park (at Fuller side)
*No dogs allowed in the children's play area
Two entrances: Fuller and Mulholland Limited street parking on Fuller, Dirt parking available on Mulholland (the entrance is west of Outpost Dr.) Open daily - sunrise to sunset
WESTMINSTER DOG PARK
1234 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 396-1615
0.8 acres off-leash
Area of small dogs, 50 feet x 25 feet
Limited parking Open daily - 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
SEPULVEDA BASIN OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
17550 Victory Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
Phone: (818) 756-8190
5 acres off-leash
0.5 acre small dog area
Parking for 100 cars
On-leash picnic area
Public phones available Open daily - sunrise to sunset
(Except Fridays, 11 a.m. to sunset)
GRIFFITH PARK DOG PARK
Located at North End of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on North Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 913-4688
1.6 acres
Seperate area for small or timid dogs Open sunrise to sunset
All other parks and recreation facilities require that dogs be placed on leashes.
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