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LA may be the home of the world's smallest Pomeranian, but not all four-pawed Angelenos are blessed with their own doggie mansions and personal parks. Here, now, are LA's 10 best dog parks for unleashing Fido (Lola if you're in DTLA, or Princess for all you in Southeast LA) from the stresses of urban and suburban life.

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Alice's Dog Park

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Located within Viña Vieja Park, this two-and-a-half acre off-leash dog park offers separated grassy areas for large and small/sensitive pups. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily; closed Tuesdays for maintenance. [Photo via]

Arts District Dog Park

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Catering to DTLA dwellers and recently reopened after a brief members-only stint, this Arts District park got a fresh coat of paint from muralist Septerhed. The small but well-kept space (it's run by a dedicated team of local volunteers) boasts a separate gated little dog area and water fountains. Hours: 5am to 11pm daily. [Photo via]

The Bone Yard

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Pay no attention to those creepy oil derricks chugging away above. Just over the hill from the Baldwin Hills steps, this off-leash dog park in Culver City offers ample parking, clean water fountains, and late hours. Bring Fido before bath time—the flea-deterrent dirt ground may require a post-playtime rinse. Hours: Sunrise until 10pm daily. [Photo via]

Griffith Park Dog Park

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A popular alternative to Silver Lake Dog Park, this low-key, 1.6-acre space is tucked away on at a dead-end street at N Zoo Drive. It's larger than its Reservoir competitor, with separate areas for big and little canines, concrete benches, water fountains, and lots of parking. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; closed Tuesdays from 6am to 10am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Lake Hollywood Park

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Though technically not an off-leash park, this lush parcel offers choice views of the Hollywood sign. Unleash Rover at your own rule-breaking discretion; LA's rolling a slew of quality-of-life laws, including a leash law that'll set you back $100 on the first offense. Hours: 5am to sunset daily. [Photo via]

Laurel Canyon Dog Park

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Nestled in the hills off Mulholland, this patchy Studio City park narrowly beat Lake Hollywood as LA's best. Spacious and with separate spaces for big dogs and little dogs, the park is also prime for Hollywood folk people-watching. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; closed Fridays from 6am to 10am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Rosie's Dog Beach

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LA County's only off-leash dog beach earns a big bone for that fact alone, but that doesn't make it any less a local favorite for doggie-paddling and playdates. Don't forget your pup's life jacket! Hours: 6am to 8pm daily. [Photo via]

Runyon Canyon Park

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Perhaps the best spot for #OnlyinLA people-watching is Runyon, where you'll find all breeds of dogs and humans: Stars both aspiring to A-list, yogis and boot campers, and every other possible LA archetype. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. [Photo via]

Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park

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Dogs dig this Valley spot for its massive running space, mix of dirt patches and greenery, plentiful shade, and plethora of water fountains. Hours: Sunrise to sunset; closed Friday from 6am to 11am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Silver Lake Dog Park

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This sometimes-desert-like, sometimes-muddy Eastside dog park (with separated areas for large and small dogs) recently scored some new shade, where pups and their parents can seek shelter from the sun, presumably with Intelligentsia in hand. Hours: 6am to 10pm daily; closed Wednesdays from 6am to 8:30am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Alice's Dog Park

Located within Viña Vieja Park, this two-and-a-half acre off-leash dog park offers separated grassy areas for large and small/sensitive pups. Hours: Dawn to dusk daily; closed Tuesdays for maintenance. [Photo via]

Arts District Dog Park

Catering to DTLA dwellers and recently reopened after a brief members-only stint, this Arts District park got a fresh coat of paint from muralist Septerhed. The small but well-kept space (it's run by a dedicated team of local volunteers) boasts a separate gated little dog area and water fountains. Hours: 5am to 11pm daily. [Photo via]

The Bone Yard

Pay no attention to those creepy oil derricks chugging away above. Just over the hill from the Baldwin Hills steps, this off-leash dog park in Culver City offers ample parking, clean water fountains, and late hours. Bring Fido before bath time—the flea-deterrent dirt ground may require a post-playtime rinse. Hours: Sunrise until 10pm daily. [Photo via]

Griffith Park Dog Park

A popular alternative to Silver Lake Dog Park, this low-key, 1.6-acre space is tucked away on at a dead-end street at N Zoo Drive. It's larger than its Reservoir competitor, with separate areas for big and little canines, concrete benches, water fountains, and lots of parking. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; closed Tuesdays from 6am to 10am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Lake Hollywood Park

Though technically not an off-leash park, this lush parcel offers choice views of the Hollywood sign. Unleash Rover at your own rule-breaking discretion; LA's rolling a slew of quality-of-life laws, including a leash law that'll set you back $100 on the first offense. Hours: 5am to sunset daily. [Photo via]

Laurel Canyon Dog Park

Nestled in the hills off Mulholland, this patchy Studio City park narrowly beat Lake Hollywood as LA's best. Spacious and with separate spaces for big dogs and little dogs, the park is also prime for Hollywood folk people-watching. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; closed Fridays from 6am to 10am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Rosie's Dog Beach

LA County's only off-leash dog beach earns a big bone for that fact alone, but that doesn't make it any less a local favorite for doggie-paddling and playdates. Don't forget your pup's life jacket! Hours: 6am to 8pm daily. [Photo via]

Runyon Canyon Park

Perhaps the best spot for #OnlyinLA people-watching is Runyon, where you'll find all breeds of dogs and humans: Stars both aspiring to A-list, yogis and boot campers, and every other possible LA archetype. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. [Photo via]

Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park

Dogs dig this Valley spot for its massive running space, mix of dirt patches and greenery, plentiful shade, and plethora of water fountains. Hours: Sunrise to sunset; closed Friday from 6am to 11am for maintenance. [Photo via]

Silver Lake Dog Park

This sometimes-desert-like, sometimes-muddy Eastside dog park (with separated areas for large and small dogs) recently scored some new shade, where pups and their parents can seek shelter from the sun, presumably with Intelligentsia in hand. Hours: 6am to 10pm daily; closed Wednesdays from 6am to 8:30am for maintenance. [Photo via]