Park Entrance Address
1850 W. Silver Lake Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
7 days a week from 6am until 10pm
Closed Wednesday mornings until 8:30am for cleaning
- Beautiful Walking Trails Nearby at Silver Lake Reservoir
- Separate Fenced Off Areas for Small & Large Dogs
- Three Pergola Shaded Benches
- Nice Scenery of Hillside Homes
- Not Ideal For Rainy Days
- Busy During Peak Morning / Evening Hours
- Water Drinking Fountains in Both Runs
Silverlake Dog Park @ LA Rec & Parks
This 1.25 acre park is the hipster dog park of Los Angeles’ east side, given its Silver Lake neighborhood and close proximity to Echo Park and Los Feliz. There is a fenced-off separation between the small dog area (and it is small) and the arid expansive, large dog run.
During peak morning and evening hours, not only will you be fighting for a parking spot on busy Silver Lake Drive, but beware of the masses of dogs that rule the large dog section of the park. If your dog is not one to mix it up with the pack, you might want to start off with a slow introduction as the Silver Lake pack can be unruly at times.
The park itself is basic, with no amenities other than a single watering area (in each large and small dog runs). There are a few scraggly trees and grassy areas along the fence. Humans find refuge from the intense sun, under two small canopies in the large run and a single canopy and picnic table in the small run. Beware of rainy days, when the park becomes one big, muddy mess.Perhaps the best feature of Silver Lake Dog Park is the next door Silver Lake Reservoir and its 2.2 mile walking and jogging path that winds it’s way around a tranquil, human-only park, children’s playground, basketball courts and yet another sliver of a tree-lined park, open to two and four-legged creatures, alike. Make sure to pick up a coffee from the nearby Starbucks!
Fenced, Off-Leash Areas for Small & Large Dogs
As mentioned before, the area for small dogs is rather tiny compared with where the big dogs roam. However, there is a huge shade tree here in the corner with a picnic table underneath and shade is not as easy to come by in the large run. There are water drinking fountains for your pooch in each area.
Both fenced-in areas have entrances with a double gate to help ensure that dogs cannot run in or out when others are entering or leaving the enclosure, which offers two gazebos for shade and a lot of space for your dogs. There are a variety of rules and notice signs here that should always be followed. In particular, note the DWP Reservoir Maintenance notice that says that crews are doing work on the nearby dam every other Thursday and that minor blasting may be heard.
Many large dogs frequent this park, although it is less crowded during midday. You can often find them lazing around in the shade and playing with other dogs there, especially during the dry, hot summer months in Los Angeles. There are a variety of nice, unique additions to Silver Lake Dog Park, like the large “Puppy Love” mosaic stone next to the road, something that helps to make up for the lack of green in the dog park itself.
Park Entrance, Rules & Other Information
The entrance to the dog park is fairly easy to find – just look for where the green stops and the large patch of dirt begins, as many walking dogs and a lack of rain make it difficult for the grass to grow. You may also notice the reminder on the building telling you to pick up after your dog – all waste should be immediately cleaned up and disposed of to avoid getting fined. There is also a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on-site at Silver Lake park, the second Saturday of each month from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. This is extremely helpful for many, although it may not be the best time to try to visit the park for a peaceful walk if you aren’t there to get shots for your dog. You should also consider car travel accessories for your pet, along with flea and tick prevention medication to ensure their complete health and safety traveling to and from the park.
There is an official Silver Lake Dog Park bulletin board here, although it looks to be out of use for a solid three years now. There are notices on it still from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Department of Recreation & Parks and Silver Lake Dog Park Association for the Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Pageant in October. While this is an annual even, the notice is from 2011 (now 2014). Other related services for your best-friend and even missing dog notices can be found as flyers attached to the fence.
Scenic Walking Trails & Other Attractions Nearby
Besides the dog park itself, there are some other great options near the park. While many of the areas like the kids playground and some of the areas with nice fields of grass and beautiful landscaping are off-limits to dogs, you can walk with them on-leash along the trails that go by the reservoir and next to the other facilities here. This is something that every dog owner should do, as the views and nature scenes here make for a very calming way to get exercise for you.