Five great Southern California dog parks

Susan Van Allen

BRENTWOOD

Barrington Dog Park. There's a peaceful urban-oasis aura to this beautifully maintained 1 1/2-acre spot with tall shade trees tucked into the Barrington Recreation Center. Sunrise-sunset Wed-Mon, 10 a.m.-sunset Tue. 330 S. Barrington Ave.; 310/476-4866.

ENCINO

Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. Los Angeles' biggest fenced dog park offers 5 acres for romping, complete with fake fire hydrants and a separate small-dog section. Sunrise-sunset Sat-Thu, 11 a.m.-sunset Fri. Victory Blvd. at White Oak Ave.; 818/421-3484.

HOLLYWOOD

Runyon Canyon Park. Walkers and dogs get a workout on 90 off-leash acres, with steep, winding trails for a back-to-nature experience. A one-hour loop features panoramic city views. Sunrise-sunset daily. Entrances at 2000 N. Fuller Ave. and 7300 W. Mulholland Dr.; 323/666-5046.

LONG BEACH

Dog Beach Zone. One of the few off-leash beaches around, these 3 paw-friendly acres come with views of palm tree-graced islands and ships slipping in and out of the harbor. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. On Ocean Blvd. between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues; 562/570-3100.

SILVER LAKE

Silver Lake Dog Park. Tops for socializing, this 1 1/4-acre spot beside the Silver Lake reservoir has plenty of dog lovers exchanging canine-care tips. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (closed 8:30-10 a.m. Tue and Fri). 1850 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323/644-3946.