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I had a dog when I was living in Santa Monica. I now reside in Venice and am weeks away from getting a puppy. Can people who don’t live in Santa Monica use that city’s dog parks?

Photograph courtesy flickr/Parker Michael Knight

They used to call Santa Monica the People’s Republic, but I didn’t know they really checked your papers! Out-of-town dogs are welcome at Airport Park, but only with a $16 temporary visa. L.A. has sprouted some pretty grand dog playgrounds of its own in recent years. Jog to Oberrieder Dog Park in Playa Vista or take a drive to Rosie’s Dog Beach in Belmont Shore, which has the only off-leash sand in the county. But what do I know? My cat never leaves the house.