Los Angeles has some of the largest urban parks in America, and that's cool. But some days you don't want to wander around miles of trails or even play any tennis, you just wanna sit on a patch of green and chill or eat your sandwich or whatever. Tiny parks are so especially great in Los Angeles because it's mostly known for its expanses of asphalt; the city's recent efforts to scatter more pocket parks, parklets, and other small green spaces around the region are helping make LA a little more walkable and a little more livable. Here are 13 of the tiniest, most interesting little parks around Los Angeles:Read More
Mapping 13 of the tiniest parks tucked around Los Angeles
A guide to the city's smallest urban retreats
1. Rosewood Gardens
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Rosewood Gardens is LA's very tiniest park at just 145 square feet. The little lot was fixed up in 1997 to help the then-declining Fairfax area.
2. Laurel and Hardy Park
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Also known as Del Monte Triangle, this tiny park is famous for its adjacent Music Box Stairs, where in 1932, comedic duo Laurel & Hardy filmed their most famous routine.. The little park occupies just about a third of an acre.
3. York Boulevard Parklet
Los Angeles, CA 90042
LA's People St program has created several parklets throughout the city, and this Reservoir Dogs- inspired mini park was the first to open back in 2013. Sadly (though really also sort of predictably), a hit and run driver put the parklet temporarily out of commission last year.
4. Spring Street Parklets
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Spring Street has not one, but two hip little parklets, between Fifth and Seventh.The parking spaces-turned public places are meant to encourage pedestrian activity, offering tired walkers the chance to sit down and relax for a bit.
5. Denker and Torrance Pocket Park
Torrance, CA 90501
This miniscule Harbor Gateway park has a most unusual backstory. City officials had the park built in 2013 to force 33 sex offenders out of a nearby apartment building. It's about .15 acres.
6. Huntington Drive Parklet
Los Angeles, CA 90032
A little larger than the York Boulevard parklet, this small public space in El Sereno was designed by local residents and features tables and chairs perfect for enjoying some of the tacos sold nearby.
7. Gramercy Park
Los Angeles, CA 90018
The South LA neighborhood of Gramercy Park is centered around this teeny bean-shaped park, measuring in at about .06 acres.
8. Cataluna Square
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
This grassy little park in fancy Palos Verdes Estates occupies just about a quarter of an acre in a residential neighborhood.
9. Hoover-Gage Park
Los Angeles, CA 90044
This South LA mini park on the edge of a busy intersection measures in at about a third of an acre. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it does include a nice picnic table and play structure.
10. Vermont Triangle Park
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Don't let the LA haters hear about how we have parks on median islands, ok? This one opened in 2008, but now there's some debate about whether it really constitutes a park. The East Hollywood Business Improvement District wants to remove the seating, lighting, and crosswalks leading to the median in order to prevent homeless residents from using it as a resting place.
11. Motor Ave Parklets
The most recent parklets to come on the scene, these two former parking spaces in Palms were converted into verdant sitting areas and opened in August.
12. Carthay "Pioneer" statue
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Another park that's really more of a traffic median, this little triangle of green space in Carthay—one of LA's tiniest neighborhoods—is home to a nearly century-old statue that celebrates the pioneering spirit of those who came to California during the 1849 gold rush.
13. Avalon & Gage Park
Los Angeles, CA 90003
This colorful South LA park opened in 2015. At just a third of an acre, it includes a playground, fitness equipment, benches, and a walking path.