According to numerous studies, Los Angeles is lacking in terms of park space. Yet, there are many opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors for those who wish to spend time outside in Los Angeles.

A Park-Poor Situation

According to a recent study conducted by the Trust for Public Land, Los Angeles came in a four-way tie for the 65th position when examining the 100 largest cities in the country and their park spaces. Yet, despite this lackluster placement, Pershing Square is currently undergoing a massive redesign and the Magic Johnson Park is getting some upgrades as it undergoes a massive expansion. Overall, 13.6 percent of the city is covered by parks for a total of 38,822 acres, with these parks having a median size of 4.8 acres. The amount of money spent toward park space amounts is about $79.56 per resident with 1.1 playgrounds per 10,000 residents. Overall, the city is spending more money on parks than before, but park sizes are shrinking as smaller parks are popping up throughout the city. Most often, these parks are appearing on lots that were once vacant.

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Where to Go to Enjoy the Outdoors in Los Angeles

If you want to get outside to enjoy nature in Los Angeles, there are many options available to you. Among these are:

  • Griffith Park: The most popular park in the city, situated on 4,310 acres of land at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Due to its massive size, it is one of the largest urban parks in North America and the second-largest city park in the state. Some of the attractions located in Griffith Park include the Autry National Center, Bronson Canyon, the Greek Theatre, the Griffith Observatory, the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Travel Town Museum and views of the Hollywood Sign.
  • Backbone Trail: 67-mile trail in Malibu that is one of the longest continuous trails in Southern California.
  • Runyan Canyon: Currently closed, Runyan Canyon is a popular recreational spot among celebrities. The 160-acre park is located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains and features numerous trails and walking paths.
  • LA River Bike Path: Several portions of the LA River bike path were blocked off with $3 million in temporary flood barriers in anticipation of potential flooding, but the Army Corps of Engineers is gradually removing these barriers and opening the path back up for public use.

There are also many trails located near a stop on the Metro Gold Line extension to Azusa. The Fish Canyon Falls trail is particularly popular, with a free shuttle sometimes offered to transport between the Duarte rail stop and the trailhead.

These are just a few of the great opportunities that Southern California has to offer to those who want to get outside. If you want to learn more about Southern California, including real estate opportunities in and around Los Angeles, contact our team of luxury real estate experts. We specialize in high-end real estate in Southern California’s most exclusive communities.

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