Can we address the dog park issue?
WeHo built a big, beautiful and very expensive library and upgraded the park next to it with nothing more than a big parking lot and a lot of steps up to yet another new path, some additional sand for the kids and a couple of jelly beans one cannot eat or climb on.
I know we have an artistic array of characters who reside in and are attracted to WeHo, not to mention the addicted lot who frequent the Abbey bar (leave off the “grill” between Friday and Monday as not many go for eats). The Abbey is all about the flamboyant drunken affair, which keeps me up until about 2:30 a.m.
Where is our dog park?
If you walk past the homes in our neighborhood you will see signs about “curbing your dog.” You’ll also see dog poop on lawns and sidewalks. It’s looking and smelling much like Runyon Canyon here.
As a dog owner, I’m not as worried about the signs, or the dog poop. I’m more worried about the evidence there are more and more dogs in the City of WeHo (especially small ones) and absolutely no place to park them other than a 50-foot park behind the Sunset Tower Hotel, which is inhabited by large pit bulls.
I’m sure I’m not alone in my thoughts. I want to know why the city is in such denial about the subject of a dog park.
Let me participate in a solution:
Currently, the perfect spot for a park would be the triangle on San Vicente Boulevard adjacent to Ashcroft below Dorrington. Someone uprooted the beautiful little co-op there over two years ago. It was there one day and gone the next. Supposedly something was slated to be built there, but the lot is still an empty weed garden.
We could have a great dog park on the north portion of the lawn, which is currently only used during Gay Pride when it is ruined and needs city funds to be re-planted. People already let their dogs run without a leash there.
There should be no worry about loitering. There is plenty of that already going on along both sides of the block on Robertson Boulevard, which are designated locations for recovery. I think it’s wonderful that people have a place to sort things out. Come to WeHo, get stupid drunk at the Abbey and then go down the street and get recovery.
Is there a solution for those who are past that stage and want to take a walk to the local dog park?
We have several fabulous locations for a dog park. Until we designate one, WeHo will remain a free-for-all “poop garden.”
So, again, my question for you: Where is our dog park?