Harbor City is a neighborhood in the southern area of Los Angeles in what is known as the Harbor Region. This area experiences the same hot, dry weather as most of Los Angeles, but with the added benefit of cool breezes off the harbor that can mitigate heat for pedestrians in the area. If you are walking with your dog in Harbor City, rain and poor weather is rarely an issue as the region is warm even in winter, however, heat can be problematic in the summer. If you are walking in the area, plan shady breaks, and take water for you and your dog.
Harbor City is a very busy area with both residential and commercial areas. The neighborhood has lots of schools, medical centres, a hospital, recreation centre, and a library. Residents can access these services along with shops and restaurants in the area on foot. There are also lots of greenways and park areas for walking.
While most residential and commercial areas in Harbor City are relatively flat and developed, there are natural areas around parks, waterways and Machado Lake, where terrain is more variable. Many parks, school grounds, a recreation centre, and a golf course add variety to the area and provide large grounds with substantial properties.
Residential areas consist mostly of single family homes, townhouses and some apartment buildings. Major freeways run through and around Harbor City. The Pacific Coast Highway runs through the community and traveling across this major thoroughfare on foot requires locating suitable crossing points. Other busy thoroughfares with commercial traffic in the area include Normandie Avenue and West Lomitas Boulevard. If you are accessing services along these busy roads with your dog in tow, make sure he is leashed, cross at marked pedestrian crosswalks, and keep an eye out for traffic entering and exiting parking lots. Quieter residential areas may be more relaxing for walking with your pooch.
Harbor City has a park of the same name. The Harbor City Park is located on the northeast side of the community and includes a recreation centre, sports fields, basketball courts, a playground, and picnic areas.
The Harbor City Waterway, on the eastern edge of the neighbourhood has natural areas and water access for locals and dogs to enjoy. Separate pedestrian access is limited and roadways in the area can have recreational traffic so be careful walking your dog near this waterway.
The Kenneth Malloy Memorial Park features Lake Machado. However, boating, fishing, and swimming in the lake are limited, as this lake is currently a protected habitat for birds, fish and other local critters. The park does feature picnic tables, children's play areas, and hiking paths for you to enjoy with your dog. Keep your dog leashed so as not to disturb protected species and clean up after yourself to keep this natural area pristine for local wildlife and other park users.