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POLL: A Dog Park in Beverly Hills?

Nearby Westfield Century City mall is opening a dog park. Do you think Beverly Hills should have its own?

During Patch's  with Mayor William Brien, who was vice mayor at the time, the subject of a dog park in Beverly Hills came up.

Brien said that the city was still discussing plans to build a designated space for dogs:

We’re still talking about that. I actually wanted to try, as a trial, a dog park in an enclosed field at La Cienega [Park] just in the summer when the fields are not really in use—the baseball field. The big one. Because it’s totally enclosed. 
I thought that that would be a great place to try it and see how it worked. You have a closed, controlled environment that’s a pretty large space. There were some reasons why the Recreation and Parks Commission didn’t like that idea. Some of the people on that commission are very big into trying to find that dog park. So we’re looking.

Back in July 2011, the Recreation and Parks Commission had  as the leading location for an off-leash dog park in Beverly Hills.

Since then a dog park has yet to be established in town. Residents looking for a place to take their pooch do have one nearby option with the new Westfield Century City mall dog park. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is this Saturday and will feature raffles ("ruff-les"), cupcakes and "pup-cakes," and other giveaways. Click for more information.

But what about a dog park in Beverly Hills?

Take our poll below and let us know if you are for or against there being a dog park in the city.

If you could place a dog park anywhere in Beverly Hills, where would you put it? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Donna Flade July 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
A dog park is a brilliant idea! If we only we could buy that "lemon grove" property near Coldwater Canyon Park. I think it belongs to Edison. The trees aren't harvested and no one seems to use the it...It is off the beaten path and it could be fenced in.
Marie Cunningham (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@Donna Flade that is a great idea! Do you think there is any space in the southern part of Beverly Hills for a dog park? I love the idea of residents in more dense areas—where there are fewer yards for pups to play in—having a dog park nearby that they could walk to. Perhaps that is something that could help with efforts to revitalize that part of the city? Best, Marie
Donna Flade July 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
IAlong Olympic Blvd. East of Doheny Drive there are unsightly used car lots that would certainly look better as a park but I have no idea of the availability of the land.
cutop July 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Portions of La Cienega Park and/or Roxbury Park could be cordoned of for dogs. The Century City Mall's dog "park" is tiny. At either or both of BH's parks, there is more than enough space to fit a "dog park" at least 4x the size of what Century City offers. At Roxbury specifically, do we really need not one but two huge grassy areas dedicated to lawn bowling? In all my years in BH, I don't believe I've ever actually seen either one of these lawns being used. Certainly at least one of these lawns could be transformed into a dog park (or dog run) without impacting the lives of the avid lawn bowling, bocce, or pétanque aficionados of Beverly Hills.
Ellen Lutwak July 04, 2012 at 04:00 AM
With many of our neighbors leaving behind their dog's poop on other neighbors' lawns, maybe it is a good idea. I know my friends enjoy the dog park in their area, and have made many new friends - human and canine.
DontShoot July 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The front lawn of the high school is used as a makeshift dog park. Occasionally the police come and chase everyone away. Roxbury Park would be the closest space to that location.
Eileen Pedersen July 05, 2012 at 07:14 PM
What about the triangular fenced off space just adjacent to Civic Drive? It also might help with the amount of poop in the grass and on the sidewalks.
pamela rich July 24, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Roxbury Park is a perfect location and Beverly HIlls is really due. 67% of all families have pets. It is a great experience to socialize with your neigbours and our four legged friends. It really does bring a closer sense of community. Please let me know how I can help with getting a part of Roxbury Park as a off leash dog park!

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