Florence is an unincorporated community which is considered part of South Los Angeles despite actually being outside the city limits. The area is mixed use, densely populated, and has mainly single-family homes. The area has received a bad reputation as a rough neighborhood, but many of the residents say the neighborhood is filled with hard-working families that are proud of their community. There are some nice places to walk in the community, so do not let its reputation stop you from stepping out and enjoying a stroll.
There are pet stores, veterinarians, and groomers nearby to take care of your dog’s every need and the area has plenty of places for you to stop to enjoy a quick snack or drink. Walking is a year-round activity in Los Angeles as the weather is never very cold and there are plenty of warm, dry days even in the winter months for you to enjoy a stroll.
The terrain is flat throughout Florence so if you are just starting out with walks or you have an elderly dog, you won’t have to worry about difficult elevations such as the ones in many of the other areas around Los Angeles. The area is urban, so you can expect to be walking on concrete. Trees and grass, while present, are more of the exception than the rule in much of the area. Some of the neighborhoods do have more grass along the sidewalks, so be on the lookout for side streets that may give your pooch places to explore.
If you want to provide your dog with grass and trees, you might want to head to one of the local parks where there is both in abundance. More challenging walks are available for the more adventurous, but they require a long drive to get to and are best left for day trips on the weekends.
While greenways are not prolific in Florence, you do have a few to choose from both in the neighborhood and just outside of the neighborhood. The most notable is Franklin D. Roosevelt Park which was built under orders of President Roosevelt during the Great Depression. The park has plenty of grass and offers picnic areas and shady places to get out of the heat.
To the north is Bethune Park which has some large outdoor areas with plenty of shade. To the south of Florence is Colonel Leo H. Washington Park which has some walking paths and plenty of places to sit. If you are looking for more of a piece of nature, you will find Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Center to the west. It is a bit of a drive, but it offers several hiking trails for more advanced walkers as well as gardens, picnic facilities, and more for everyone to enjoy.