According to the Center for City Park Excellence, dog parks, also known as “off-leash dog areas,” are among the fastest growing park amenities in the combined parks systems of the 100 largest US cities.
There currently are 774 dedicated dog parks in those cities, an increase of 38 over last year. Long Beach has 10 dedicated dog parks, and according to the organization’s latest survey that comes out May 23, our city ranks 19th in the country with 2.1 parks per 100,000 residents.
The survey notes that what makes dog parks successful is strong collaboration between the public parks agency, the surrounding community, and a local dog advocacy group — in Long Beach’s case, Justin Rudd would probably be first in line.
Rosie’s Dog Beach — named after Rudd’s first bulldog — will, on June 24, celebrate the 18-year anniversary of dogs being allowed to legally play off-leash on the beach in a four-acre area between Granada and Roycroft avenues. It remains the only off-leash dog beach in L.A. County.
“If I had to start another dog park/beach, I’d do similarly to what I did to get Rosie's started,” Rudd said. “I’d host a series of special events at the location to prove to the city, neighbors and residents, that another off-leash area would be well-used, is much-needed, and would remain clean and safe.”
Rudd said he would like to see more off-leash areas on the beaches, preferably near the Villa Riviera, near Cherry Avenue, near the Pier and at the end of the Peninsula.
Most Long Beach facilities feature spaces for both large and small dogs, benches for owners, free doggie waste bags and water fountains. Double entrance and exit gates provide a secure environment for dogs. Parks, Recreation and Marine dog parks are non-supervised facilities. Patrons should use recreational dog facilities at their own risk and the city accepts no responsibility for the behavior of dogs or dog owners.
Here is a brief rundown of Long Beach’s 10 dog parks:
Coolidge Dog Park is located at 352 Neece Ave. Hours are dawn to dusk every day. Size is .25 acres. The park is ADA accessible and features perimeter fencing, double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers. The dog park opened on March 22, 2014.
Downtown Dog Park is located at Broadway and Pacific avenues. Hours are dawn to dusk every day. Lincoln Park is home to the Downtown Dog Park. The park opened in September 2018. It has spaces for large and small dogs, benches for owners, free doggie waste bags and double entrance and exit gates.
El Dorado Park Dog Park is located at El Dorado East Regional Park, Area II, Southeast Corner. The hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 1 to Oct. 31. The park is closed for maintenance every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The 1.5-acre off-leash park is the first dog park in northeast Long Beach. It is ADA accessible, has double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers. The dog park opened on Feb. 8, 2014. The dog park can be accessed by using the Spring Street entrance for El Dorado East Regional Park.
Jackson Street Dog Park is located at 1432 Jackson St. Hours are dawn to dusk every day. The .14-acre park has perimeter fencing and is meant for large and small dogs to play together. Other amenities include a drinking fountain for both dogs and people, a bench and waste bag dispensers. The dog park is ADA accessible. It opened on Feb. 21, 2015.
K-9 Corner Dog Park is located at Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Residents in the north Pine Avenue area of Long Beach partnered with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency to transform a .8-acre vacant lot into the K-9 Corner Dog Park. The park opened in September 2009. It has a unique design that is environmentally friendly by using drought tolerant landscaping and generating 100% of its electricity on site with solar energy. The park has water fountains for people and dogs, seating, evening lighting and separate areas for large and small dogs.
Recreation Dog Park is located at 5201 E. Seventh St. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. The park may be closed before noon on Mondays for maintenance. The city's first dog park opened at Recreation Park in 1996 in an area near the 18-hole golf course and north of the fly-casting pond. The two-acre site has been expanded by more than one acre due to its popularity. The park has watering stations, and benches and tables throughout. Bags and pooper scoops are available. The park is lighted at night.
Rosie's Dog Beach is located between Granada and Roycroft avenues. The hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. The four-acre area opened in June 2001. The area has metered parking, trash cans and nearby restrooms. Some bags are provided in dispensers, but users are encouraged to bring their own. Bags and pooper scoops are available. Rosie's may be closed occasionally due to a special event or poor beach conditions. Dogs are not permitted at times other than scheduled hours.
Seaside Dog Zone is located near the East Village Arts District at East Seaside Way and South Linden Avenue. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Long Beach residents living near the East Village Arts District and the waterfront have a new .45-acre off-leash dog recreation area to walk to and enjoy socializing with their neighbors and pets. The Seaside Dog Zone opened in December 2015. The zone features a double-gate entry for separation between large and small dog areas.
Uptown Dog Park is located at 4600 Long Beach Blvd., on the west side of Scherer Park. Hours are dawn to dusk every day. The park opened in November. The dog area is near picnic tables and a nearby parking lot. The park also provides separate areas for small and large dogs to play off leash.
Wrigley Heights Dog Park is located at 3401 Golden Ave. Hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. The park may be closed before noon on Mondays for maintenance. The 1.9-acre park accommodates dogs with an entry/vestibule area for unleashing or holding dogs when entering or leaving the dog park section. The perimeter and division of the site is identified by painted chain link fencing, and existing trees will provide shade. Dog pick-up bags, separate trash receptacles, benches and a water fountain are available.
And one for good measure. The Bixby Park Dog Park opened in October 2017 to become the city's 11th dog park. The park accommodates large and small dogs on the northwest corner of the park.
For more information, the city’s dog parks are listed at: www.longbeach.gov/park/park-and-facilities/directory/dog-parks/