If you are looking for a diverse neighborhood in which to hang out or go for a walk, residents will tell you that Mid-City West is that place. This neighborhood encompasses several smaller neighborhoods offering a mixing pot of people and commercial business that makes this area the unique community that it is. Depending on where you live, everything you could possibly want is right within walking distance. Santa Monica Blvd. cuts right through the middle of Mid-City West and is the central hub of activity for the area. Your dog could find themselves quite spoiled by the number of pet stores and other pet related businesses in the area. You can hardly walk a block without finding a way to pamper your pooch!
Weather in Los Angeles is hot in the summer and very mild in the winter. You will find walking best from fall to spring, but even in the summer, walking is good if you venture out early.
Elevations throughout Mid-City West stay pretty consistent. While not completely flat, there are only a few small hills. Elevation changes within this neighborhood won’t be a problem even for the most out of shape pudgeball on four legs. While the elevation is easy, keep in mind that in the summer when the temperatures rise, it can be very hard on Spot's tender paws. Don’t forget to consider your dog's comfort when heading out for a walk. Keep the temperature in mind and the terrain, as well. Make sure to pack water, even if you are headed to a park where your pup is walking on dirt or grass.
The neighborhood does have mostly well-maintained sidewalks, so there are plenty of places to walk and there are a lot of trees shading many of these areas. But remember, it takes very little heat to make a sidewalk hot enough to damage your dog’s feet.
There are a few greenways inside the confines of Mid-City West. Schader Park is a tiny park with a bit of grass that makes a nice place to stop if you are walking past. Colorado Center Park is the largest of the nearby green areas and it is a popular stopping spot for walkers and their dogs. Lots of trees and grass give you and Spot a nice respite from the hot summer heat and there is enough room for you and your pup to get a bit of a romp in.
There are a number of smaller parks just outside the boundaries of the neighborhood. Douglas Park is right on the border to the northwest, Memorial Park is two blocks away, and Christine Emerson Reed Park is just on the western side. Of course, just a few blocks off of the west end of this neighborhood is the ocean and its many trails and areas to walk.