The area of East Los Angeles includes several communities including El Sereno and Lincoln Heights. There is a high percentage of Latino residents in the area, and many unique ethnic businesses and restaurants reflect this culture. Whittier Boulevard, in particular, is a popular drag for hot rodders to cruise and there is a Latino Walk of Fame to stroll down. This iconic boulevard holds plenty of interest for pedestrians including vintage cars, fantastic Mexican cuisine, and plenty of activity. Outdoor eateries may allow pets on their patios and there are lots of pet shops and veterinarians in the area for pet owners to access. Also for locals on foot, the Mariachi Plaza is an open-air pedestrian market in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. East Los Angeles features plenty of pedestrian-friendly locations and the beautiful, sunny, dry Los Angeles weather makes walking in the neighborhood with your pup at your side feasible all year round.
This area is a well established and older urban environment with flat terrain and artificial buildings and structures. Residential areas are well-landscaped with lots of landscaping features and mostly Spanish style homes. Because the region is flat and most streets are laid out in a relatively straightforward grid pattern running east to west, it is easy to walk about the neighborhood with no steep hikes and main arteries crisscross the region providing commercial areas for residents to access. Parks, school grounds, and golf courses in the area offer natural green spaces in this built up environment. There are freeways in and around East Los Angeles that are not pedestrian-friendly corridors, however, they can be traversed at pedestrian over or underpasses, some of which are associated with significant roadways. When traveling on foot with your dog, watch out for noisy traffic near freeways and main arteries to avoid frightening an overly sensitive pup.
There are numerous playgrounds, gardens, and pocket parks throughout the East Los Angeles area and most residents can access a greenway within walking distance of their home. Larger parks in the area include Belvedere Community Park which features plenty of natural walking trails and a lake to stroll around.
Atlantic Avenue Park is more centrally located in the neighborhood and features a pool beside other sports facilities as well as picnic tables and barbecue sites, open lawns, and shady trees to enjoy with your pooch.
City Terrace County Park is a beautiful 3.5-acre park with open areas and large trees around sports facilities while Ruben F. Salazar Memorial Park also provides recreational facilities and paved pathways for pedestrians with pooches to take in some green spaces with the bonus of colorful outdoor murals. Although locals dogs may be more appreciative of the walk than the art, the park still provides plenty of interesting activities for both human and pet.