L.A. Walks: MacArthur and Lafayette parks

Centrally located and served by its own Metro stop, gritty MacArthur Park (like adjacent Lafayette Park) retains only tarnished hints of its former glory. But at 32 acres, it’s an unusually large open urban space, has been cleaned up considerably and contains fascinating bits of L.A. history.

The stats
Distance: 2.2 miles
Difficulty: 1, on a scale of 1 to 5
Duration: 1 hour
Details: Dogs on a leash are OK. Metered street parking. Access also by Metro bus lines 51, 52, 352, 200, 603; Metro Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park station.

Written by Charles Fleming
Produced by Sean Greene