With an influx of new residents to Park Mesa Heights, recent efforts to clean the area up by providing affordable housing to the working class has had some results. Still, this is an area where people need to use caution when walking. With some basic safety measures such as walking in daylight and populated areas, you can still enjoy walking in many of the nicer areas of this neighborhood. Crime is limited these days, but keep in mind that this is still the inner city and you can relax and enjoy your walks.
There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in the neighborhood and there are even plenty of amenities for your pup such as pet stores, grooming, and veterinarians right in the neighborhood. Weather will not stop your daily walks either, except for the occasional day when a Pacific storm moves in. The temperatures here are quite moderate and rarely dip below the mid-range.
Park Mesa Heights is primarily flat but does have some elevation changes at its western boundaries thanks to the ridges of the Windsor Hills. This means that walkers and their furry friends will have the ability to choose between easy walks but still have access to more challenging vistas if they feel they are up to or need the extra effort in their daily outings.
The neighborhood does have sidewalks in all areas and while you will be walking on concrete on local walks, you will find grass and some trees bordering most of the streets. Your dog will have some places to do their business and explore as well as get off of the hot concrete. But because this is primarily an urban area, you might consider heading slightly off to the west to the recreational area if you are more adventurous and want a bit of nature in your walks.
Park Mesa Heights is lacking in greenways with only the Van Ness Recreation Center which has a field that you might be able to take your dog to. But if you are really craving grass, trees, and dirt trails, you are fortunate to only be a couple of miles from Norman O. Houston Park and the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. The state recreation area is 404 acres and is free during the week. It is one of the largest parks in Los Angeles and has plenty of trails for the adventurous hiker. There is also play areas, a lake, and a garden. You could easily make a day of it with the whole family.
Norman O. Houston Park is a small park at the base of the recreation area that has fields for running in and a playground, so it makes for a nice quick escape from sidewalks and urban areas.