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LARPBO - Discovery Park / Ballona Wetlands Pack Walk

Join us for a pack walk just a mile from the beach through the newly built Discovery Park. The 1.7 acre park in Playa Vista was designed to help people learn more about the history of the watershed and to understand their part in keeping the Ballona Wetlands healthy. We will walk through the watershet, a willow tunnel and a Native American "Ki" dwelling. We will also explored several interactive and informative displays.
From there we will walk across Lincoln Blvd. to the actual preserved Ballona Wetlands. It is one of the last significant wetlands areas in the Los Angeles basin, and is named for Ballona Creek which now runs through the area as a flood control channel. The wetlands is home for such wildlife as: Great Blue Heron and Snowy Egret rookeries, the California Killifish, the California Least Tern, and the Belding's Savannah sparrow. The Ballona Wetlands and the adjacent city-owned lagoons are a stop along the migratory Pacific Flyway.

We can meet at the Playa Vista Sports Park which should offer plenty of parking for everyone! From there we will walk to Discovery Park and then the Wetlands. On the corner of Lincoln and Bluff Creek (between LMU and Jefferson on the east side)

Dog Distraction Level - Medium-High (potential children at nearby park, street noise, city buses, etc)

LARPBO Pack Walk Guidelines:

# 1 All dogs must be on a secure collar and leash or e-collar. Prong collars should be backed up with a carabiner. Short leashes are recommended (less than 6 feet).

#2 PLEASE NO NOSE TO NOSE CONTACT (dog to dog that is). We recommend maintaining a six-foot distance.

#3 Please bring doggie poo bags.

#4 Make sure you bring water for you and your dog.

#5 One handler per dog.

*All breeds welcome

* There will be lots of foot traffic, bicyclists, roller bladers, skate boarders, and several others dogs. If your dog tends to be reactive to any of these distractions, please be EXTRA mindful and prepared.

* Please read the full basic LARPBO rules of conduct if you have additional questions in the discussion forum.

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  • Chris S.

    Great walk, awesome dogs and people.

    2 · March 14, 2013

  • Leta (long e.

    Yikes! I completely forgot what night you had changed the date to. Haiku and I went hiking instead. Sorry for the no show! :(

    March 12, 2013

  • Ingrid C.

    Have to work late at the office :-(

    March 12, 2013

  • Joellyn M.

    Sounds wonderful but since I'm leaving town I have to spend some quality time with the hubby....catch the next one :)

    March 12, 2013

  • Ingrid C.

    I'm very very sorry, but I won't be able to make it to the walk this evening. I must stay late at my office today (deadline), and I'm afraid I won't be able to make it on time (coming from the Valley). Bummed,looks like a beautiful walk. Enjoy all and can't wait to see pics!

    March 12, 2013

  • Mandy

    Hey all! newt, adam and I can't attend this time, but we're hoping to see you all soon!

    March 12, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    Yay, we're finally going to do this! So excited. The weather should be maw-velous!

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Sammi M.

    It's my stepdaughter's bday on March 12th. Have fun everyone, you're going to enjoy it!

    March 7, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    SORRY FOLKS! We are expecting either no rain, a little rain, a lot of rain or thunderstorms, depending on which weather site you're looking at. I wouldn't have minded if it was cold and drizzly, but we just cannot tell at this time. We've rescheduled it to next Tuesday when the weather should be much better (and warmer). I'm so sorry for the last minute change, but we want this to be a great pack walk.

    2 · March 7, 2013

  • Rachel Sunday changed the date and time from Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 8:00 PM to Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    March 7, 2013

  • Ingrid C.

    I have to look for this miners head band thing I may have...lol...may look goofy, but I'm prone to tripping in daylight :-P"

    March 6, 2013

    • Ingrid C.

      *miner's light head band

      March 6, 2013

    • Sammi M.

      You won't be the only silly looking one. I have one, too, so I'll wear mine.

      March 7, 2013

  • Leta (long e.

    The Girls mountaineering head lamps, that they sell at REI are super cute... :)

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Gina Lorraine S.

    Haha, my ex husband has one of those. I didn't manage to grab it as I walked out the door a year and a half-ish ago.

    March 6, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    Recommendation - bring a flash light. It's going to be a little dark. We will have the lights off of Lincoln, but there are no lights on the path. Can't wait to see everyone!

    March 6, 2013

  • Leta (long e.

    Haiku and I will be there. :)

    March 5, 2013

  • Lauren S.

    I can't make it this week, but this is right in my neighborhood. Next time!

    March 4, 2013

  • Sammi M.

    March 4, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Sounds fun!

    March 3, 2013

  • Laurie

    I'm a maybe. I'm not sure I can get there by 8 on a weeknight. We'll see how the work week goes.

    March 1, 2013

  • Rachel S.

    Actually, you're right Sammi AND there are a couple of other great places we can take the dogs in Playa Vista for other walks, like near the bandshell on the back street. Right now there's a barrier between there and where we're walking or I would have extended the day by another hour to do the perimeter of the city. I am also trying to get a tour for us (and the dogs of the Clippers Training Center).

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Sammi M.

    After the walk, we can go to this place and place our dogs! It's just around the corner from where we'll be parking near Playa Vista Sports Park. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=334351186674432&set=a.330425630400321.77057.328976010545283&type=3&theater

    2 · March 1, 2013

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