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Griffith Park FAQsOn this page, you'll find answers to some of the questions readers of this website have asked about Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California.
Griffith Park FAQs -- Dog Park information
Question: Does Griffith Park have a dog park area?
Answer: Yes, though it's hard to find, the Griffith Park Dog Park does exist, and it's quite nice.
The Griffith Park's Dog Park is isolated. It's over on the east side of Interstate 5. The only other Griffith Park facilities in that area are the Soccer Fields.
If you drive past the soccer fields (see link to a map, below), you'll FINALLY come to the Griffith Dog Park area. On the map, you'll find the Ferraro Soccer Fields mentioned, but you won't find the Dog Park listed. Trust me, though, the dog park is just beyond the soccer fields.
While inside the dog park compounds, you may unleash your dog and let him romp. You will be expected to keep your dog from fighting with other canines in the park, and to pick up any poop your pet makes.
The Griffith Dog Park does not have restrooms for humans, but there is a restroom building nearby in the nearby Soccer Field Area.
For a map which can show you the location of the Griffith Dog Park, see the "Soccer Field" map in the section below. (The Dog Park and the Soccer Fields are located side-by-side.)
Griffith Park FAQs -- The Griffith Park Soccer FieldsQuestion: Can you show me a photo of the Griffith Park Soccer Fields?
Answer: Sure, here's a photo of the Griffith soccer fields on your left.
For those of you who don't know where they are, like the Griffith Dog Park, the soccer fields lie on the east side of I-5...away from all the park's other facilities. There are quite a few soccer fields, but even so, not enough to accommodate every team that wishes to play here. During the school year, weekday mornings and early afternoons find the soccer fields lying empty. But, they do get crowded in the evenings and on weekends. If your team wants to play or practice here, you must call for reservations.
The Griffith Park Soccer Reservations phone number is: 818/246-5613.
To view a detailed Griffith Park Map which will show the John Ferraro Soccer Fields, you may use the following link:
Detailed Griffith Park Map from the LA City website.
The soccer fields have a cute soccer-themed restroom building (see the photo to your right.) There is also a children's playground area...in case the kids get tired of watching Papi play soccer!
Griffith Park FAQs -- Confusing Roads and Entrances!
Questions (paraphrased from several): What Griffith Park entrances do I use to find the specific attractions I came to see? Why are the roads within Griffith Park so confusing?
Answer: Griffith Park is indeed a tricky place to find what you're looking for! You can't get to all of the major attractions within Griffith Park by using only one entrance. So...what that means for all of us visitors is that we have to become familiar with SEVERAL entrances.
You MUST learn that the entrances for the Griffith Park Observatory and the Greek Theater will NOT get you to most of the park's other attractions...and vice versa.
My favorite Griffith Park entrance for going to the Griffith Park Observatory is the Los Feliz Blvd and Vermont Avenue entrance. The entrance is actually a continuation of Vermont Avenue several blocks north of Los Feliz Blvd. Just find that busy intersection, head north on Los Feliz, and you're in! Use the following link to view a
Yahoo map of the Griffith Park entrance by the Los Feliz Blvd and Vermont Ave intersection.
***The Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course
You'll find an enchantingly beautiful entrance near the Western Avenue/Los Feliz intersection (which is more like a "bend in the road" than a real intersection. This is where Western Avenue bends and "turns into" Los Feliz Blvd.)
You'll find a sign that directs you to turn onto Fern Dell Drive; get onto Fern Dell and follow it into the park.
You'll want to use the Western Ave/Fern Dell Entrance if you're headed to see the---
***To take a scenic drive of the undeveloped part of Griffith Park. In the paragraph, I mentioned taking a scenic loop through the mountains from the Vermont Ave entrance; Fern Dell Drive is where you'll end up. Naturally, you can also enter at Fern Dell and head towards Vermont Ave. You'll actually get better views of the Griffith Park Observatory during your scenic drive if you begin from the Western/Fern Dell entrance. Use the following link to view a
Yahoo map of the Griffith Park, Western/Fern Dell entrance.
If you're coming along Los Feliz Blvd coming from Hollywood, turn left into Griffith Park at Crystal Springs Drive. (There's a sign that will give you other instructions; ignore it. Use your eyeballs, because your eyes can clearly see that this is a Griffith Park entrance. Turn right if you need to go to the Griffith Park Rec Center and Swimming Pool, which are on the outer edge of the park.)
You can enter Griffith Park directly from I-5 by taking the "Zoo Drive" freeway exit. This exit, not surprisingly, will take you directly to the Los Angeles Zoo. From the Griffith Park zoo area, you can use Crystal Springs Drive to get to any of the other attractions described above (in the paragraphs about the "Crystal Springs Drive" entry to Griffith Park.) To get back onto Interstate 5 from the Los Angeles Zoo area of the park, simply follow the well-placed signs.
Would you like to see a Yahoo map of the Zoo Drive and Interstate 5 intersection? Use the following link to view a
Yahoo map of Griffith Park's Zoo Drive as it intersects with Interstate 5.
You can enter Griffith Park on its northern, "Burbank" side, if you take the Forest Lawn Drive exit from the Ventura Freeway (CA 134.) This exit is closest to Travel Town, a great place to see vintage railroad train cars. As you exit Freeway 134, you'll enter the park on Zoo Drive, which will take you to the zoo and other attractions along Crystal Springs Drive. If you want to visit the Greek Theater or the Griffith Park Observatory, you'll have to exit the park and re-enter via the Vermont Street entrance.
Use the following link to view a
Yahoo map of the Griffith Park entry at Forest Lawn Drive.
Another northern entrance to the park not far from Travel Town and the Live Steamers is the Riverside Drive entrance to Griffith Park. If you're traveling through Burbank on Victory Blvd towards Griffith Park, you'll discover that Victory Blvd turns into Riverside Drive just a few blocks from the park. Just follow it on in!
If you plan to rent horses, you'll need to know about the Riverside Drive entrance; the L. A. Equestrian Center is near this Griffith Park entrance. Use the above link (to the Forest Lawn Drive entrance) to view the Riverside Drive entry; just move the map one click to the right...both of these two entrances are close together.