Elysian Park

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Elysian Park

The workout: What was once a pretty snazzy workout circuit is now a sad and decrepit tour of fitness ruins. Elysian Park is big and beautiful, with great hiking and running trails and lots of grassy knolls for soccer, frisbee and picnics. But certain things (like the circuit training equipment, or the water fountains that were mysteriously turned off and never came back on) have fallen by the wayside. Luckily, said equipment (what remains of it) has a new life, as blank canvases for taggers and a place for the weary homeless to rest their heads.

The scene: The equipment here is defunct, but the park itself is huge, offering packed dirt trails running up into the hills (with great views of the valley, downtown, Dodger Stadium, and the Hollywood hills, depending where you stop to catch your breath), along with plenty of lawn space. Picnic tables and surprisingly decent public restrooms make this an ideal spot for daytime parties, and during the weekend the grounds are crowded with Latino families grilling out and dancing or playing soccer, sometimes with a mini horse or bouncy castle for the kids. There’s also “dog hill,” a spot where locals convene to throw balls, sticks, and compliments for each other’s canine companions. if you’re here in the early AM, you may hear volleys of gunshots—don’t worry, it’s not gang warfare—the Police Academy is next door, and you can hear officers practicing at the firing range. It’s actually a comfort, as it means patrols are aplenty here.

How’s the parking? There’s a good amount of parking in the lots by the picnic areas, and people line the street shoulders as well. Luckily, roads wind all throughout the park, so there’s always somewhere to stick your car, and tickets aren’t common here, so you can get creative.

Bonus: Elysian Park’s neighbor is Dodger Stadium, so if you come for a hike you can stay for a game.

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Venue name: Elysian Park
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Address: 835 Academy Rd
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Opening hours: Daily 5am-9pm
Price: Free
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tastemaker

** BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING PARK ** WE went hiking yesterday morning here for our first time. We walked what we believe to be the whole park in under 6 miles. There's several little trails leading to cool spots and breath taking views of Los Angeles. At the top of the hill near the residential area, there is a stair case going from the bottom to the top that's a great workout. The park is dog friendly, lots of greenery everywhere, beautiful views of LA, and there's a great spot with a man made swing that we found. In prior reviews some aren't disclosing the location of the swing and want you to search for it. I'll tell you right here because I feel everyone should be able to enjoy the beauty of it and its view of LA. Pro tips for you: Free parking all over every end of the park . Benches and picnic areas on nice green grass. Friendly people with great vibes and lots of dog walkers. The hidden swing is located off of ACADEMY AND PARK! Have fun and enjoy the beauty :)

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Elysian Park has a great set of trails winding through the Echo Park Hills. You'll get different vantage points of Dodger Stadium, the 5 (freeways can be fun to look at, okay?) and some pretty swank homes atop the hill. The trails here are super dog-friendly (they're not always on leash), and one trail will take you up a hill to a small garden with a water spigot and bowls for panting pups. Just beyond there's a large water tank hiding a small stable with friendly horses. Some pretty great activities happen in this park, from Dyke Day LA to lowrider car shows and children's birthday parties complete with donkey rides and bounce houses. It's a mainstay of the community and has always made me feel comfortably at home on the Eastside. Bonus: If you find a high enough hill, there are great views of Dodger Stadium's Friday night fireworks.

tastemaker

Big enough park and a good place to add into the middle of the day en route to somewhere else, but there are better parks in the area. Easy for families or groups