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Dog park pulled from consideration

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."

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6 thoughts on “Dog park pulled from consideration”

  1. Alhambra Source reader

    Correction: I meant “Monterey Park rejected a (second) proposal for a dog park last year.”

  2. Too bad, now we’ll be experiencing more and more dog poop on our yards, on city sidewalks; stepping into it. Very short-sided decision, surrounding cities have dog parks in order to keep their cities clean and healthy – but now Alhambra is fair-game for more dog poop and more health problems.As usual the city council can’t get ANYTHING right!

    1. Alhambra Source reader

      As this logic goes, if the City refuses to hire more police officers, Alhambra would be fair game for more crimes, and if City refuses to put in place more public restrooms, we’ll be experiencing more human poop on the streets. LOL. And I am not aware of any surrounding cities that have dog parks. Their parks may allow dogs, but those are not dog parks. Richard, do you really understand what a dog park is? BTW, I guess you meant “short-sighted” not “short-sided.”

      1. Linda Trevillian

        I don’t believe that the lack of a dog park will cause more dog excrement on the streets. That happens only if people who walk their dogs don’t clean up after them (and by stray dogs). But, there are some dog parks relatively close. There’s one in East Pasadena, another in Burbank, and Monterey Park is actively seeking to establish one. Still, I can’t see why Alhambra can’t have one. In my mind, the reason is NOT to keep dog poop off the streets; it’s to enable dogs to socialize off leash and running free. I’ve never seen a dog park that wasn’t fenced (and most have separate areas for small and large dogs), so I can’t imagine the “danger” to nearby residents. I hope that the City Council will reconsider, sooner than later. Also do not understand why Alhambra prohibits dogs in its public parks. We often go to Lacy Park in San Marino (only during the week when they don’t charge nonresidents to enter), and we always see several dogs while we’re there. Seems to me that public parks should welcome dogs, just as they do humans with families.

      2. Alhambra Source reader

        Monterey Park rejected a proposal for a (second) dog park last year. One can google for an article in Pasadena Star News for details. I do not know whether it is still “actively seeking to establish one.” Personally I oppose dogs in parks. I personally witnessed a woman (illegally) bring to Almansor Park her dog which pooped on the lawn. She did not pick it up. And there are people who let their dogs poop on public streets, including outside my house. It is unavoidable that dog poop in parks will increase if dogs are allowed. There are always bad people. I also saw someone unleash his dogs in Almansor Park at night wishfully thinking no one was around. And I was bitten by a leashed dog a couple years ago in an event at San Gabriel Mission. I just walked by it and I did nothing to provoke it. The medical bill was $1000 and fortunately MediCal (i.e., the taxpayers) paid for it. Otherwise I would have pursued the dog owner, or the event organizer for the money. Is the City of Alhambra ready for similar legal liability? I always try to walk to the other side of the street when I see a dog coming, and yet I was not paying attention to that dog at that moment. When can’t one walk freely in the park? Why should one give way to a dog? Why can’t a parent relax for a moment and let her kid wander around without fear of any possibillity, even remote, that the kid would be attacked by a dog?

  3. Linda Trevillian

    Whoever said this: ” . . . Several residents off-leash dogs have no place in Alhambra,” is right, but for the wrong reasons. There SHOULD BE a place for off-leash dogs in Alhambra, and that place should be a DOG PARK. Dog parks are FENCED, so there should be NO DANGER for nearby residents. I’m highly disappointed that the City Council has abandoned this effort because there are plenty of Alhambra residents who WANT our city to have a DOG PARK.