This week my faithful companion and I took some time to meander around Crescenta Valley Park and check up on the progress of the new dog park. It is pretty much just a construction site right now but I believe it will be the envy of all neighboring dog parks once completed.
While snapping a few pictures of the site, a really nice guy, Nick Riehl, from LA Conservation Corps took the time to share some information about the progress and completion time frame. I’m really happy a company like LA Conservation Corps is in charge of this project’s creation. Their primary mission and purpose as a company “is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.” Really great stuff. Check out their website if you have the chance.
The dog park construction had a delayed start due to a few revisions that were necessary. A 15′ required buffer between the dog park and the wash was one modification that needed to be made along with requiring the nearby restrooms being updated to meet ADA standards. They were finally able to break ground in November of last year.
The dog park is a total of 1.5acres within the northwest section of the Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park. It’s LA County’s first off-leash dog park within a county park. It will include drinking fountains, a hose-off area, tree shaded areas for the dogs and bench seating for the owners. There will be a main area along with two other separate enclosures for smaller dogs and larger dogs.
This park was also designed with xeriscaping in mind. There will be some paved areas, drought tolerant plants, and a good portion of the park will be landscaped with mulch (which will cut down on watering and maintenance requirements and fleas tend to not like to like it). There is also an integrated water collection channel that will collect rain water during the winter months and lessen the need for watering.
Nick says the estimated opening is for August of this year, but he wouldn’t be surprised and hopes to have the project completed sooner. We’ll keep you updated!