South Paws-adena Dog Park held its “leash-cutting” ceremony last Saturday, officially opening the gates to dog lovers and their four-legged friends.
South Pasadena Mayor Diana Mahmud welcomed the large crowd by thanking all the donors, workers, and volunteers who helped create the addition of this park to the South Pasadena Community.
Additionally, she introduced the features of the new park including climbing castles for the dogs, benches for the owners, as well as water fountains for both the residents and their pets.
After the Mayor and Supervisor Michael Antonovich cut the leash, pets and their owners were allowed to enter their respective areas for small or large dogs and let them roam free. As residents explored the new park, City Manager Sergio Gonzalez discussed the addition of this facility. “This is a new amenity for our residents and four-legged friends. It is a place where dogs can come together, run freely and socialize. It’s also a place for residents to come and meet neighbors.”
As to the location, citizen Ashley Rusch said, “The location of the dog park is very convenient for us and I think it’s going to be a great place to bring my dog to socialize and get the exercise she needs.” For other residents such as Eva Arrechiga, the location is also a key part for this park. “We were waiting for this dog park to open because the nearest dog park is off of Orange Grove which is really far up in Pasadena. We would drive up on weekends just to take the dogs to run around”.
Regarding the features of the park, Mayor Diana Mahmud discussed the planning of one more addition. “Our Community Service Director Sheila Pautsch mentioned that we would be adding a shade structure probably in the spring.” she said.
This will be a huge benefit to residents, Arrechiga and Rusch both explaining that the addition of shade in the park would be valuable especially during the summer months.
The dog park opening included a variety of vendors, including Charlie’s Coffee House, TLC Pet Medical Center, and the Pasadena Humane Society. In addition, there was a hot dog stand, a balloon artist, a face painting booth, and an inflatable jumper for kids.