There is quite a bit of natural area in Glassell, especially where hilly terrain has inhibited development. Residents can enjoy walking in, or near natural areas, but they are often steep with rough terrain that is difficult to walk in. Native animals, including rattlesnakes, can be present in these natural areas so keep your dog leashed and out of terrain that is too difficult or dangerous.
The Glassell Park Recreation Centre is located in Glassell Park and features a large property with green spaces and sports fields. Juntos Family Park features playground equipment and shady rest areas for residents enjoying a walk through the neighborhood.
Just south of nearby Cypress Park is the Rio de Los Angeles State Park. This large park provides plenty of pathways and trails for locals to enjoy with their canine buddies. The area features natural wetlands, wildlife, and native plants. There is also a playground, recreation building, and sports fields in more developed areas.