By Jason KUROSU
After years of preparation and petitioning, a few guests of both the two- and four-legged varieties were invited to christen the new Crescenta Valley Dog Park, the first ever dog park in Los Angeles County. Slated to open Oct. 19, the park was made available to members of CV DOGS (Community Volunteers for Dogs Off-Leash Gathering and Socializing) on Saturday morning, due to their efforts to establish a dog park in the community.
Upon seeing the park for the first time, CV DOGS president John Klose was taken aback.
“This is beyond our expectations,” said Klose. “We would have been satisfied with a plain square area with some fencing.”
Klose described the inception for the park as “an idea and a petition,” dating five years back.
“Supervisor Antonovich’s office did the design, allocated the money and supported us from the get go.”
“For the appreciation and support they offered towards this project, we decided it would only be right to let them have a first look at the park,” said Sussy Nemer, senior deputy from Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office.
The park itself is 1.5 acres split into two sections for small and large dogs and is gated off to provide a leash-free environment for the dogs. Each section features gated double doors that only open inward to keep dogs from easily running out, and water faucets, doggie bags and accommodations for dog owners such as benches with shade coverings.
Klose acknowledged that the park was not only great for dogs, but also for dog owners.
“It’s another way for owners to interact, considering we didn’t have a place like this before.”
The park will be open to the public every weekend until the Oct. 19 opening date, on which day the doors will not only be open, but visitors will get a chance for low cost vaccinations for their dogs, as well as the chance to adopt a pet.
CV Town Council President Cheryl Davis, who worked on the project since its inception, visited the park with her family, including her parents who came from San Jose to see the park, and her dog Sonny.
“I’ve dreamt of this day for five-and-a half years,” Davis said.
Her father, Jake, praised the scope of the park.
“This is huge,” he said. “The park we’ve got in San Jose is as big as the small dog section of the park alone.”