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Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer! Long Beach Dog Parks Are Open!

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning in July and ending in August, which coincide with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. The ancient Egyptians thought that the combined heat of Sirius and the Sun caused midsummer’s hot weather, and the “Dog Days” connection with sultry summer heat has continued to this day!

Great news for residents of The Crest – Long Beach has 10 dedicated dog parks, so you and your pooch can beat the heat all summer long! We consulted our furry friends, and here are some of their favorites. Please observe rules & guidelines.

Downtown Dog Park 245 W Broadway Long Beach, CA, US, 90802

Lincoln Park at Broadway and Pacific is now home to the Downtown Dog Park. The park opened in September and has been serving the needs of downtown residents and their dogs and re-energizing a historic open space in the downtown civic center. The park has spaces for both large and small dogs, benches for owners, free doggie waste bags and double entrance and exit gates.

Pike Park Dog Park 195 W Seaside Way Long Beach, CA 90802

The new Pike Park has a place for our four-legged friends to play! This cute dog park features perimeter fencing, double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers. Pike Park is a pocket park which can be accessed via Seaside Way, just west of Pine Avenue, or via the slide, which is adjacent to the pedestrian stairs just south of Ocean Boulevard. The park’s features include a dog park, fitness stations, the slide, landscaping, lighting, benches and bike racks. Check signs for visitor guidelines.

El Dorado Park Dog Park 7550 E Spring St. Long Beach, CA 90815

This popular 1.5-acre off-leash dog park was the first dog park in northeast Long Beach. It has a double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers. The dog park can be accessed by using the Spring Street entrance for El Dorado East Regional Park. Please keep your dog on leash when using the larger pars of the El Dorado Park.

K-9 Corner Dog Park 906 Pacific Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813

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 vacant lot at 9th and Pacific Avenue into the “K-9 Corner Dog Park.” The park, which opened in September 2009, 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 humans and dogs, seating, evening lighting and separate areas for large and small dogs.

Seaside Dog Zone 450 E Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

Long Beach residents visiting the East Village Arts District and the waterfront have a fun off-leash dog recreation area to walk to and enjoy socializing with their neighbors and pets. The Seaside Dog Zone is open from 6am until dusk daily, with plenty of space for dogs to run and exercise with their owners. The zone features a double-gate entry for separation between large and small dog areas.

Long Beach Animal Care Services 7700 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90815

Looking to adopt a furry friend? Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) offers a wealth of information on pet adoption, licensing, low cost spay & neuter services, and pet care tips. Located in El Dorado East Regional Park, the LBACS animal shelter is the purr-fect place to check out your prospective pet. To make an appointment to adopt or foster a pet, email AnimalRescue@longbeach.gov or call 562-570-4925.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Long Beach Animal Services

Photo #2: City of Long Beach

Photo #3: City of Long Beach

Photo #4: City of Long Beach

Photo #5: Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine

Photo #6: City of Long Beach

Photo #7: Long Beach Animal Care Services