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September 18, 2013
Good observations made by Eliza Collison regarding the front-page photo on Aug. 30 titled “It's doggone hot.” The photo shows a young woman at a local dog park with a cigarette in her hand. One can assume the cigarette is lit and being smoked. As noted by Collison, the temperature was historically high that day. Might I also add, the humidity was very low. With two years of below-average rainfall, these conditions make for extreme fire danger. I believe this particular dog park is surrounded on three sides by homes nestled among groves of mature oak trees and located at the base of a dense chaparral-covered hillside.
NEWS
June 15, 2011
The Crescenta Valley Dog Park is back on track. Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation officials say they expect work on a 1.5-acre off-leash dog zone in Crescenta Valley Park to begin in August and be completed in March 2012. The idea for a park started with residents forming the group CV DOGS — Community Volunteers for Dogs Off-Leash Gathering and Socializing — and gathering a petition with 2,500 signatures from dog-park supporters. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich supported the proposal, and after a community planning meeting in May 2010, work was expected to begin on the $300,000 project in March.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | October 12, 2007
There?s hope for Crescenta Valley canine owners desperate for a place for their pups to roam unfettered. The possibility of a future dog park is being considered, officials said this week, adding that where the park would be and how it would be funded are some major concerns that need to be addressed. ?We are working on the dog park idea, it is in progress,? said Grace Andrus, Crescenta Valley Town Council president. ?We know this is important to the pro-dog park proponents and we?
NEWS
June 6, 2010
The dog park plan to take over the northern end of the parking lot at Crescenta Valley Park ("Unleash the fun," May 29) will eliminate close to 80 parking spaces, according to the presentation officials gave. The lot was often referred to as "the overflow lot" during the community meeting as if it was wasted space. This lot often holds the dozens and dozens of extra cars when the paved lot is full. Drive by and see for yourself on any weekend or during any park event. This plan would reduce the parking for the Hindenburg Picnic Area Park to the 48 painted spaces plus two handicapped spaces.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to appropriate $645,000  to a new 1.5-acre dog park for La Crescenta. The step-wise move should clear the way for construction on the facility, to be located within Crescenta Valley Park, in August. The park will include two entries for small and large dog sections, with drinking fountains, hose-off areas, walkways, 6-foot fencing, shade coverings and other amenities, according to a county report. The Board of Supervisors had allocated $300,000 to the county Department of Parks and Recreation in October, but on Tuesday, it will be asked to reassign the additional money and project oversight to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Los Angeles County's first ever off-leash dog park will officially open to the public Friday, marking the culmination of more than five years of work and grassroots lobbying. The $645,000, 1.5-acre fenced off area at Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., was built using funds from Proposition A, approved by voters in 1992 to maintain and upgrade facilities at regional parks, beaches, museums and zoos. The park includes two sections - one for large dogs and another for smaller canines.
NEWS
April 21, 2011
Regarding the April 12 story “Seven months later, wait for CV dog park continues,” the headline is a bit misleading as it implies that the planned dog park at Crescenta Valley Park should have been operational seven months ago. I would like to clarify that seven months ago was when the Board of Supervisors approved the project and ground breaking was to take place in March 2011. The one-month delay in groundbreaking is unfortunate, but I would like to reiterate the county’s commitment to building a dog park in Crescenta Valley Park.
NEWS
June 9, 2010
I just wanted to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came to the community meeting on May 27 ("Unleash the fun," May 29). Barring any major problems, we should have L.A. County's first off-leash dog park in the Crescenta Valley by next June! First, I would like to thank Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and his staff for supporting this idea. Working with the supervisor's office has been a genuine pleasure. Their professionalism and dedication to the dog park is greatly appreciated.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | October 10, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Local dog owners could soon have an off-leash area for their furry friends if the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, as expected Tuesday, approve a dog park here after years of community rallying. Supervisors are expected to approve $300,000 for a proposed 1.5 acre dog park in at the existing 32-acre Crescenta Valley Park. The approval would be a victory for Glendale and Crescenta Valley residents who have long lobbied Supervisor Mike Antonovich for a local dog park, citing that most other large communities have similar facilities.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | July 27, 2011
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new 1.5-acre dog park for La Crescenta, although at $645,000, the price tag has more than doubled from the original estimate of $300,000. Construction on the facility, to be located within Crescenta Valley Park, is slated to begin in August. The park will include two entries for small and large dog sections, with drinking fountains, hose-off areas, walkways, 6-foot fencing, shade coverings and other amenities.
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NEWS
September 18, 2013
Good observations made by Eliza Collison regarding the front-page photo on Aug. 30 titled “It's doggone hot.” The photo shows a young woman at a local dog park with a cigarette in her hand. One can assume the cigarette is lit and being smoked. As noted by Collison, the temperature was historically high that day. Might I also add, the humidity was very low. With two years of below-average rainfall, these conditions make for extreme fire danger. I believe this particular dog park is surrounded on three sides by homes nestled among groves of mature oak trees and located at the base of a dense chaparral-covered hillside.
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NEWS
August 12, 2013
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) saw two of his bills - one allowing drivers to park at broken meters, and another making it easier for cities to build dog parks - signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. AB 265, which was based on an idea from Glendale City Councilmember Laura Friedman, reduces the liability cities bear when building dog parks. Friedman said that by protecting municipalities from litigants, the bill makes it easier for more dog parks to be built.
NEWS
February 11, 2013
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has introduced a bill that would limit the liability of local governments that operate dog parks. AB 265 would also require cities and counties to post signs warning users that they enter a dog park at their own risk, Gatto said in a statement. Under current law, cities can be subject to massive liability claims filed by people who they were unaware of the potential dangers, such as dog bites, that can occur at dog parks, according to Gatto's office.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
I am writing to you as I have just been told that my daughter and her education have fallen short, next to dogs and skateboards. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs, but I would like to think that civic leaders would care more about future taxpayers and voters. My 4-year-old daughter attends the Tiny Tot program at a Crescenta Valley Park. Tiny Tots is an enrichment program that helps prepare children (ages 3-5) for kindergarten. The parents of this program were recently informed that this full-time childcare program was being cut down to 12 hours per week at both the Crescenta Valley and the Loma Alta locations.
THE818NOW
October 19, 2012
Crescenta Valley Park officially went to the dogs on Friday - or at least, 1.5 acres of it did. La Crescenta leaders and Los Angeles County officials gathered at the park for a “leash cutting” ceremony for what is now the first county-owned and -operated off-leash dog park. Situated in the northwest section of Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., the facility took more than five years of grassroots campaigning to get off the ground and bring to fruition. The project was championed by the group Community Volunteers for Dogs Off-Leash Gathering and Socializing.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
The Crescenta Valley dog park - officially opened to the public on Friday - cost $645,000 in voter-approved Proposition A money. But it's hard to put a price tag on the community activism and grass-roots lobbying that really made it a reality. The prize? La Crescenta got the first off-leash dog park owned and operated by Los Angeles County. On Friday, dogs off all sizes got to share in the benefits of the dogged perseverance of Crescenta Valley community leaders over the course of more than five years to bring the facility to fruition.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Los Angeles County's first ever off-leash dog park will officially open to the public Friday, marking the culmination of more than five years of work and grassroots lobbying. The $645,000, 1.5-acre fenced off area at Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., was built using funds from Proposition A, approved by voters in 1992 to maintain and upgrade facilities at regional parks, beaches, museums and zoos. The park includes two sections - one for large dogs and another for smaller canines.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
About 40 canines tested out Los Angeles County's first dog park this weekend in La Crescenta before its official debut on Oct. 19. The $645,000, 1.5-acre project is located at Crescenta Valley Park, 3901 Dunsmore Ave., and was built using funds from Proposition A, passed by voters in 1992 to maintain and upgrade facilities at regional parks, beaches, museums and zoos. The park includes two sections - one for large dogs and another for their smaller counterparts. There are drinking fountains, walkways, a 6-foot-high fence and a hose-off area, said Kaye Michelson, special assistant in the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
I am shocked and appalled that dog license fees have gone up $10 per dog. When I called to question this, I was told this was the City Council's doing. Apparently none of them own dogs! I have four dogs (all rescues), plus a kennel permit. That means the cost of having four dogs just went up by $40. This may not seem like a lot of money to a City Council member, but for the average person or someone on a fixed income, $40 is several meals for a couple or two bags of food for the dogs or grooming appointments.
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