After community group – Dogs of the Rock – called for a dog park, Councilmember Huizar fought to add funding to the City’s Budget to build what is only the second dog park in Northeast LA in 14 years – Huizar also announces $525,000 identified to repair park’s guard-rails and tennis courts
LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2019) — Councilmember José Huizar joined Saturday morning with City Recreation and Parks officials, the community-based advocacy organization “Dogs of the Rock,” and scores of dog lovers for the Grand Opening of a new Eagle Rock Dog Park – the first in Northeast LA since Hermon Dog Park was constructed in 2005.
Originally left out of the City’s budget three years ago, Councilmember Huizar fought to ensure that $768,000 would be earmarked for construction of a new Eagle Rock Dog Park as part of the City’s “Capital Improvement Expenditure Program” in the 2016-2017 budget.
“I want to thank ‘Dogs of the Rock’ and the local community for advocating for the Eagle Rock Dog Park – without their resiliency and voice we wouldn’t be here,” said Councilmember Huizar. “It’s been a longtime coming getting a dog park in Eagle Rock, and I was an honored to work with our partners at the Mayor’s office, the City Council and the Department of Recreation and Parks to turn this dog-lovers dream into a reality.”
The ¾ acre park creates an accessible, sustainable and natural space that is safe and comfortable for dogs and their owners. Eagle Rock Dog Park is located on the North Figueroa Street side of Eagle Rock Recreation Center, just south of Eagle Vista Drive.
“We’ve heard the voices of this community and we are excited to be opening the first dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 14 years”, said Mike Shull, General Manager of Recreation and Parks. “Pets are seen as part of the family and now they have a place to go for enjoyment and to remain healthy and active.”
The Dog Park incorporates natural features from the area, such as boulders and fallen tree branches to create agility opportunities for pets while adding a more enjoyable “human experience” at the park. Two shade structures are also available for visiting dog-owners.
“‘Dogs of the Rock’ hopes Eagle Rock’s new dog park will bring together and build a community of like-minded pet parents, intent on exercising and socializing their dogs all the while sharing information and advocating for animal welfare,” said Matt Harrington, founder of the community-based Dogs of the Rock. “The park is a tribute to all dogs, past, present and those yet to come, as we envision it being a jewel in our neighborhood.”
The Eagle Rock Dog Park is the 10th official City Dog Park in Los Angeles.
Councilmember Huizar also announced Saturday that working together with Recreation and Parks, another $525,000 has been identified through Quimby – City development park enhancement fees – to replace Eagle Rock Recreation Center’s broken guard-rail fencing along the walking path from the upper parking lot, long a community goal. Other improvements will include resurfacing the park’s three tennis courts, as well as replacing the courts’ fencing and lighting.
The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the funding at its May 15, 2019 meeting.
“Beyond this new Dog Park, our Eagle Rock constituents have asked us to repair the park’s guard-rail fencing and my office worked with our partners at Rec and Parks to find the funds in this year’s budget to address those repairs and upgrades, along with funding to renovate the tennis courts,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I look forward to next week’s RAP Commission hearing, as we work with our City partners to shore up support for these much-needed improvements.”
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