Residents who enjoy walking their dogs frequently in sunny Los Angeles are very rarely hampered by rain or cold weather as the Mediterranean climate provides mostly hot sunny days. Extreme heat and dry conditions can be hazardous, especially in the summer months. Avoid walking your furry friend during the midday heat. Mornings and evenings are preferable times for a stroll with your pup through City Terrace.
City Terrace features some extreme terrain. Situated on the San Rafael Hills, this neighborhood has winding and looping roads that follow the steep inclines and can be difficult to navigate. The hills also provide streets that are a challenge for most pedestrians to climb. If you and your pup are in good shape, hiking the steep terrain may be more feasible, otherwise, you will have to plan your route carefully to avoid hills.
The San Bernardino Freeway runs along the north side of City Terrace and the Long Beach Freeway sits along the eastern border. These busy freeways are not pedestrian-friendly areas. The east side of City Terrace is where commercial, light industrial, and institutional activity is concentrated. Homes in the community tend to be of the Spanish Colonial Revival style with landscaping that is conducive to the semi-arid climate. Commercial areas, including the library, feature unique artwork and murals that brighten up the community and provide interesting walking destinations.
City Terrace Park is a recreational area and park that features many amenities including a swimming pool, splash park, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, a gym, artwork, baseball diamonds, picnic areas, restrooms, and an outdoor theatre. Dogs on a leash can visit the park and should remain on paved pedestrian paths and off of recreational facilities.
Pine Tree Park and Highlands Park are located to the east but are not walkable from City Terrace as they are situated across a busy freeway. Pine Tree Park has natural treed and open areas with paved pedestrian greenways that are a great place for you and your canine companion to take a stroll and enjoy some natural landscape in the area. A little farther away, large natural parks like Whittier Narrows Recreation Area to the east or Hermon Park, also called Arroyo Seco Park, to the north have many acres of green space and greenways to explore.