City Council is no longer pursuing the idea of a dog park in Alhambra, Councilwoman Barbara Messina announced during an April 27 Council meeting.
“I am dropping the concept,” said Messina, who was the driving force on City Council for the park. A discussion for the dog park was scheduled for the April 27 Council meeting, but a mailer from the City said the conversation was postponed until June. Messina later said the City has "pulled" the idea.
A plan for implementing the dog park was part of the City's Strategic Plan.
Dozens of residents took to recent Parks and Recreation Committee meetings to oppose the dog park. Several residents cited a concern for safety, saying off-leash dogs have no place in Alhambra. They were also worried that a proposed site for the park on Ramona St was too close to residential areas.
Donavan Chau, son of Danny Chau, a resident who encouraged his neighbors to speak their opinions at the Park and Rec meetings, praised the city for taking this action. “Thank you Barbara Messina for listening to the Alhambra residents," said Chau. "We appreciate that the Alhambra City Council is understanding of its residents. On behalf of those who put in their efforts in the past few months, I’m glad this decision has been made for betterment of our community."