New Dog Park Scheduled to Open Nov. 5 with Ceremony

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Unleash the fun, the South Paws-adena Dog Park is about to open.

Dog owners and their loveable friends are invited to a special “leash cutting” ceremony for the new park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 650 Stoney Drive in the city’s Arroyo Park.

“It’s basically completed,” explained South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. “We’re just finishing up some punch list items as we anticipate the grand opening of the park.”

The dog park marks the first new amenity since the opening of the Youth House in Garfield Park in 2006.  Helping spearhead the project was L.A. County Board of Supervisor Michael Antonovich, currently running for state senate, who approved  a $200,000-plus grant that paid for a majority of the construction costs. Park impact fees, which the city collects from construction projects, also contributed to the effort. “It’s not always looked upon favorably when we collect fees from people who do new residential construction or substantial remodeling, but those fees allows us to create park amenities. So when people expand their homes or have new construction, we can have amenities to provide them. In this case, it’s a new dog park, which I think people and dogs are really going to like.”

The park is divided into two sections, one for larger dogs, the second for those that are smaller. Dignitaries and guests will welcome the public during the festive November 5 event, featuring refreshments, activities and more.

Benches provide relaxation for guests and their pets while obstacle courses are also available to put the dogs through the paces.

It’s going to be a great place to socialize, a wonderful place for our community to come together and enjoy,” said Gonzalez.

For more information, contact the city’s Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380 or www.southpasadenaca.gov.

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