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Council Nixes Roxbury as Dog Park Spot

Community opposition sends proposed plans for a Beverly Hills dog park back to the drawing board.

Despite a Recreation and Parks Commission and staff recommendation to explore Roxbury Park as a viable option to house a dog park in Beverly Hills, the City Council on Tuesday decided instead to develop other options.

Community sentiment has been mixed, including a recent show of opposition to Roxbury Park adding a canine section.

"If there were more support for this, I believe there would have to be more meetings anyway to deal with some of the questions that were raised," Mayor William Brien said. "Right now there is not. I understand all of the concerns that have been raised, this is not ready for prime time."

There is will for a dog park in the city, as indicated by numerous residents who have attended more than half a dozen community meetings on the issue.

"Beverly Hills residents have, on numerous occasions, requested that the Recreation and Parks Commission give consideration to providing an off-leash dog area for the City's dog-owning population," according to a report by Steve Zoet, director of community services.

However, at a Jan. 28 public meeting and at the council study session Tuesday, residents urged against using Roxbury Park to house an off-leash area.

"It's located in a residential area, and there are only so many activities that you can fit into this park," said Ken Goldman, president of the Southwest Beverly Hills Homeowners Association.

Brien designated Councilwoman Lili Bosse and Vice Mayor John Mirisch to form an ad hoc committee that will come up with alternative dog park locations.

Some that have already been proposed include the "Orange Grove" area adjacent to Coldwater Canyon Park, La Cienega Park and Coldwater Park.

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Gary Gorlick February 08, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Kudos to our City Council There are many better choices for a leash free dog area. Having it in a park surrounded by immediate residences would be a terribly wrong decision.
T0@d February 08, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Personally, I think that unused strip between Civic Center Drive and Santa Monica Blvd would be perfect. It already looks like a dog park actually. All it needs is a gate. Plus, it has loads of metered parking nearby. - T0@d
Cynthia Baseman, BHMom.com/ February 08, 2013 at 10:29 PM
The old railroad line running parallel to Santa Monica Boulevard could be fenced off, landscaped and utilized for a dog park. The idea should not be chucked out. Dogs provide incredible emotional support for senior citizens who may not be physically able to give their dogs enough exercise and a dog park will fill that need. Additionally, a Beverly Hills dog park would demonstrate to other cities that we value our citizens AND their pets.
apmarina February 08, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I'm not sure Coldwater is such great idea. The homes up there already have pretty big yards and the traffic is congested during the hours that most people use dog parks - after work. Roxbury and La Cienega aren't as centrally located as the Civic Center area, and parking is already a problem at those locations.
Patty Cake February 09, 2013 at 02:29 AM
NIMBY
Patty Cake February 09, 2013 at 02:31 AM
There needs to be a good dog park with a good surface..and it needs to be big. Dogs and their owners are under served. THere are always going to be NIMBY s in every location. Just pick a central spot with parking and that is safe with a double door fence to get in and out and build it. Dog owners will take care of the rest.
George Vreeland Hill February 09, 2013 at 06:44 AM
We need a central location were people can walk their dogs to. In my opinion, Roxbury is the best spot unless you want to use one of the parks along Santa Monica Blvd.
JACK KARMONA February 10, 2013 at 07:46 PM
this city needs a off-leash dog park and Roxbury park fits their is a lot of people in that neighborhood with dogs all you have to do is fence off a area for big dogs and small dogs their is areas that the park that they don't use
Yeb Beirta February 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Virtually every city in Los Angeles (be it Silverlake, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice and more) all have dog parks yet Beverly Hills can't muster up a bit of effort to designate a dog park for it's MANY residents to socialize their dogs in an enclosed area? That's not only shameful, but feeds right into the negative stereotype about how stiff up the lip we can be as a city. Our city leaders chose profit concerns of home owner associations over years of desire and request for a dog park by it's many residents.

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