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Should Altadena Have a Dog Park?

All in favor, say Arf.

La Crescenta just got a new off-leash dog park. Sierra Madre already has one, so does Arcadia and Highland Park; Pasadena has at least two.

And how many dog parks are there in Altadena? Oh that’s right, none.

Which is strange because there probably isn’t a town or city in LA County that has more dogs per capita than Altadena.

Dog parks make for better canine citizens -- the dogs brush up on socialization skills with their own kind and other humans, plus a good romp off the leash does wonders for their peace of mind.

Altadena dog owners are so desperate for a local facility, they hold an underground dog park at Farnsworth Park. Those in the know get together weekly --  kind of a flash dog mob or barkeasy. But it gets raided from time to time and the Sheriff’s Department has been known to hand out tickets.

For now, the only legal alternative is to drive to an out-of-town facility. But that could change. Since the Crescenta Valley Dog Park is the first in a county pilot program, who knows? Maybe Altadena could make the list. But if our town wants a dog park, we shouldn't just sit, stay, and wait. The time to speak is now. Let's shake on it.

Here’s a list of some of the closest off-leash dog parks:

Alice Frost Kennedy Dog Park, 3026 E. Orange Grove, Pasadena

Crescenta Valley Dog Park, 3901 Dunsmore, La Crescenta

Arcadia Dog Park, 2nd Av/Colorado Boulevard, Arcadia

Hermon Dog Park, 5568 Via Marisol, Highland Park

Sierra Vista Park, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre ($5 day fee)

Ninja Girl October 04, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I say arf! For years, the dog owner community has been discussing using the vacant area at Farnsworth for a dog park, but some residents are against it. So, over the years, we've used the baseball diamond on the west side of the park, to meet up on early sunday mornings to socialize the dogs.
Can't Say October 04, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Would be great to have one in town. Seems like 1/2 the population has a dog. But who wants a dog park next to their home? Smell, noise, dead grass, parking (the usual reasons). Don't know 100% but the empty area next to Farnsworth was deeded/ willed to the county and was supposed to stay open space....again, not sure. Still, seems like an OK place to have one. NIMBYs will speak up though. The one on Orange Grove is set back, not really near residential, under electric wires. Good spot for it. Can something be put next to.near the wash off Loma Alta?
Richard_Cabeza October 04, 2012 at 03:44 PM
It took a lot of effort to get that dog park in there. Over five and a half years of work. It required petitions, constant meetings with the county, and there were several setbacks. For the most part the community had to provide the input (e.g population studies, potential sites, recomendations on ordinances) to the county and the county acted on it. Does altadena have a core group of three or four people who are comitted to doing this for the next five years?
Holly Rundberg October 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I think it would be a great thing for us all.
Steve Lamb October 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
ARF. Lets put it where Scripps used to be....

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