Dogs to Get their Place in the Sun

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After years of working, waiting and wondering, CV pet parents can celebrate the approval
of $645,000 in funding for a dog park.

By Brandon HENSLEY

The dog park Crescenta Valley residents have wanted for years is officially on its way. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $645,000 appropriation to fund the CV dog park today.

Construction will begin next month.

“They’re breaking ground some time in August and they’re going to let us know later when that date will be,” said Cheryl Davis, a main advocate for the dog park, who was in attendance at the board meeting.

Also on hand with Davis was John Klose and former CV Town Council president Steve Pierce. Both Davis and Klose are part of the group CV Dogs, which was formed in 2007. All three spoke at the meeting.

Davis, who is the CV Town Council president, ran on a platform of getting a dog park back then. All this time later, it is happening.

“Four years of our life,” she said, and admitted after the meeting she got emotional.

Cheryl Davis and her dog are all smiles after the long dog park battle was won.

There was no opposition at the meeting, although Davis said her group was prepared for some.

“People that we thought might be [opposed] were not there,” said Davis.

The only question came from a man in a wheelchair who wondered if the park would be ADA – American Disability Act – compliant. The park will be.

This ends a four-year odyssey for pet park supporters who soon became an organized group of advocates known at CV Dog Park. Several trips to local dog parks, 2500 signatures and lots and lots of meetings later the park has become a reality.

The Crescenta Valley Dog Park has become a flagship for other areas within L.A. County that also want a park.

The park will be on 1.5 acres and located within Crescenta Valley Park in the north end of the west parking lot past the community center on Honolulu and Dunsmore avenues. It will be composed of decomposed granite, not grass, and feature two sections – one for small dogs and one for large dogs – and hose-off stations, among other amenities.

Construction is expected to be completed in March 2012.

“It’s going to be a great collaboration of various organizations,” said Pierce. “It’s really going to be a wonderful addition to the park.”

All dogs will be happy at the new park.

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2 Responses for “Dogs to Get their Place in the Sun”

  1. Patrick Schulze says:

    $645,000 for a dog park? Are you kidding me? How much does that work out to be per dog, actually? Our schools in La Crescenta are suffering tremendously from budget cutbacks and increased class sizes. That money would pay the salary of about 10 highly skilled teachers. I guess some folks DO treat their dogs better than their children.
    Take donations and fence in a part of the park. The dog owners can form an association and agree to keep it clean. $645,000!?!?!

    • thatNotWhatIheard says:

      In Crescenta Valley alone, according to a recent population study (pre-2010 census figures):

      There arou roughly 30,000 dog owners from La Canada to Sunland. This works out to about 16,000 dogs. Which works out to be about $40 a dog if everyone pitched in. There is a group who has been working with the county to raise money and fund the dog park. They are also working to implement clean-ups and volunteer maintenance after the park is built.

      As far as I know, LA county does not fund schools in La Crescenta, Montrose, Sunland or Tujunga. The money for those schools are allocated through the cities of Glendale and LA City. If you are concerned about teachers being slighted, as we all are, perhaps you should approach those entities and express your concerns. The city of Glendale, which funds La Crescenta schools, are not spending one dime on this park.

      The money for the park is coming from prop-A funds, an allocation of county funds that are used specifically for parks. This money came from Sup. Antonovich’s office.

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