Dogs to Get their Place in the Sun

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

Photo by Leonard COUTIN
Supporters of the newly funded dog park that will be situated at the north end of the far west parking lot of Crescenta Valley Park stand on the 1.5 acre site. The allocation of funds ends a four year journey for members of CVDOGS.

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.