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Poll: A Dog Park in South Pas?

Councilmember Marina Khubesrian, liaison to the Animal Commission, says South Pas commissioners think there's a need.

Where do you walk your dog in South Pas? Do you feel there's a need for a place where pups can run free? 

According to Councilmember Marina Khubesrian, South Pas commissioners say yes. 

Khubesrian, who is the liaison to the Animal Commission, wrote in an e-mail to Patch:  

The Animal Commission talked about the need and interest in a Dog Park in South Pasadena. Apparently the number of dogs in the city has increased and more dogs are being allowed to run off leash at in violation of the leash ordinance. ...

The Commission identified the area in the Arroyo next to the skate park and batting cages as an ideal spot for a dog park. They will be submitting their request for consideration and [asking] to add it to the list of potential projects to fund in the upcoming budget workshops and hearings.

Patch Asks: Are there too many pups running around in South Pas? Should the city back a dog park in town? Where's an ideal place? Take our Patch poll, and tell us in comments!

Fran Scoble March 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
too many dogs off-leash in Eddy Park, as well. The park is too small for dogs off leash.
Joanne Nuckols March 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The council approved a skate park for skateboarders so how could they say "no" to a dog park for dogs!
SouthPasresident March 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
who will pay for it? I would rather they fix streets and sidewalks that are in need of repair than creating a dog park?
Ddez March 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
How large is the space they are contemplating? We would need a good deal of space to let dogs run. Also, we might need a separate area for large and small dogs to run and play.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
@Tina: Since the commission is asking that the creation of a dog park is discussed at the upcoming budget workshops, I believe they want the city to pay for it. This is not set in stone, and Patch will follow-up on the topic. But FYI the workshops are March 14 and March 20: http://patch.com/A-qN69
Janet Cartwright March 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I get so mad when I'm walking my leashed dog at Garfield Park and an unleashed dog runs up and starts messing with my pup. I'm sticking with Lacy Park for now.
Amber Duran March 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Dog parks help dogs and their owners live healthier lives. Is there not enough room in the Arroyo or Garfield park?
David Melford March 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
My dogs need to be on leash, they bolt after anything. My last experience with the Pasadena dog park was that in the small or medium area, there were so many small pre-K children to be careful around. Also, many dogs were out to hump other dogs or were not to friendly. If we have the dog park, careful planning needs to be made about how it will be operated and maintained. FYI coyotes like small dogs, be careful in the arroyo
Tim March 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Leave Garfield Park alone. Don't let your dog run wild there. Too many kids and too many nutty dogs makes for a bad confrontation.
Tim March 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Dogs at a park should be on a leash. Plain and simple. I am for a dedicated dog park. As well, if you have a dog, pick up after it. Too many times I've watched owners let there dogs crap in my yard and leave the crap behind. Maybe a dog park will remedy some of this?
tennyson March 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
The dog park in Sierra Madre charges "membership" to help defray the costs of maintenance, supposedly dogs using the park are "members" -before I moved to dog friendly San Diego I'd run my dogs -yes, off leash - in both Orange Grove Park and the high school soccer field...my dog was brutally attacked in the soccer field by one of those "he's friendly" pit bulls but, then, my own dog was off leash as well...hopefully the Animal Commission (of which I am a former member) will research this carefully as "down here" there are frequent unfortunate incidents, even death in some cases, in the city maintained dog parks..So Pas will always be home, my dog(s) and are I back no less than monthly, still consider returning -I remain very interested in the outcome here ...pat cates
Erica March 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We take our dog to the hermon dog park every weekend. It would be great if we could walk to such a place. I often see dogs off leash in the field at orange grove park. Makes my dog crazy to walk along on his leash and see dogs running free.
bellref March 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I use the dog park at Hermon also. It's a good set-up and everyone minds their manners. They have tools & trash cans for picking up after your dog, plus a water faucet. There's a giant bucket for their water. I'd love to have a dog park here in So. Pas. though. My family donated $$ for the Club House in Garfield Park. We'd be willing to do the same for a dog park.
Nathan Wang March 12, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Dog park would be good, but I see more things as priority; re-paving roads and other city responsibilities. As noted above by other comments, the dog park in Hermon is a wonderful place. And it can't be more than 10 minute drive for anyone living in South Pasadena. I think this is a wonderful alternative and can see the money being spent more efficiently, since we've already got one so close by.
nathan March 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Dog park would be good, but I see more things as priority; re-paving roads and other city responsibilities. As noted above by other comments, the dog park in Hermon is a wonderful place. And it can't be more than 10 minute drive for anyone living in South Pasadena. I think this is a wonderful alternative and can see the money being spent more efficiently, since we've already got one so close by.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Here's a blog post from City Treasurer Gary Pia about the budget workshops referred to in the article above: http://patch.com/B-Dgc
Jones Foyer March 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
No way, unless they make a cat park too. I'm tired of this city's pro-dog stance. Equal rights for all our four footed friends! (Just kidding. Put the dog park next to the skate park, good location.)
linda krausen March 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Yes. Here;s aproposal, which will bring in money4 the park & 4 the city: The Dog park should be in the School prkg lot onts on Mission. People walking by would come to look at the doggies as an attraction. Right now that is dead space. In the Arroyo by the skatepark is too far, & in the winter has been felt dangerous.. I wouldn't take my dog there. The School lot has lighting, H2o,&all it needs is some artificial turf. Read on... 2. There would be a yearly fee for this dog park, for maintenance, greatly discounted when getting a dog license in So Pas.Or for more than 1 dog. Fee would be a nominal - $10-15 dollar range. During the day, when not so populated- dog training and agility classes, instructors who would rent the space; Classes for children in loving and respecting animals as pets. 3. The dog park wld B open late especially on Farmer;s market nights as an added attraction to bring people to shop at the market AND at the surrounding local businesses in tow4.So, come with your dog to South Pasadena, eat outside at our dog-friendly restaurants and cafe's, buy doggie stuff from our shops' outdoor racks,etc. Let's not hide it away but have it to attract people to frequent our shops and rsnts. 5.Parking:- --the pkg structure, & encourage dog owners to park at a distance and exercise in walking their pets to the park. The space is a wasted opportunity If not a dog park. an artifcial ice skating rink in winter , just like they do in Pershing Square
Janet Cartwright March 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yep, the breeders need to leave the spawn at home for once.
Janet Cartwright March 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Can you imagine a cat park? I would pay to see that :)
Janet Cartwright March 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Yes, repave roads first. Tired of feeling like my fillings are going to come out of my teeth.
Rocio Sandhu December 04, 2012 at 06:44 AM
I live in South Pasadena and have to take my dog to Alice's dog park, Griffith, or Silver Lake. We need a dog park in our city.
Rocio Sandhu December 04, 2012 at 06:50 AM
The world is a cat's park.

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