Eagle Rock dog lovers sniff out a place for a no-leash zone

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A corner of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center would be turned into a no-leash zone – a place where dog owners could let their pets run free without fear of getting a ticket – if the the neighborhood council gets its way.  On Tuesday night, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council voted in favor of fencing off a section of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center near Eagle Vista and Figueroa Street for a no-leash zone, reports Patch.  This would not be a dog park, said Vince Antonino, who proposed the idea. What’s the difference between a no-leash zone and a dog park. The story says:

The plan, proposed by former ERNC member Vince Antonino, is different from a dog park in that it entails nothing more than a relatively small but secure zone for unleashed dogs, adding that the only difference between a no-leash zone for dogs and a full-fledged dog park is size. The ideal location for a no-leash zone would be a gently sloping, tree-lined area of the Rec Center on the corner of Eagle Vista Drive and Figueroa Street, near the tennis courts, Antonino said.

While the no-leash zone won the support of the neighborhood council,  the proposal must still be  reviewed and approved by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.


  1. While i think this is GREAT as this city needs MORE off leash/no leash areas for the dogs, a ‘gently sloping’ area is NOT ideal ! The area where the Silver Lake Dog Park was once ‘gently sloping’ and now it’s a mess of ankle-breaking deep ruts in the winter.

  2. A quick correction to this story: The ERNC did not vote on this proposal. It was simply a proposal that was presented to the board.
    Michael Larsen
    ERNC President

  3. the Yosemite Rec center location is a very bad idea: (1) There is no parking. The dog park will attract people from all parts of Eagle Rock and Los Angeles. Most will drive to the location. The Rec. Center has minimal parking available, which will mean that most of the cars will park in the adjacent neighborhoods, causing inconvenience to the residents and congestion in the streets. (2) The proposed location is directly behind multiple homes. The residents of those homes would be subjected to the intrusive noise and smell. How would you like to have a dog park next to your house? (3) The Yosemite location is at the crossroad between the section of Eagle Rock adjacent to Occidental College, and the neighborhood adjacent to Eagle Rock high school. Already the residents of the Occidental College neighborhood must deal with taggers and groups of skate boarders running though the streets as they go to and from Eagle Rock High School; now they’ll also have to deal with out-of-the-neighborhood dogs and their owners. The peace and quiet of the neighborhood will be negatively impacted. (4) The proposed location at the Yosemite Rec Center is adjacent to acres of open land above Occidental College. Dog owners in the neighborhood already take advantage of that open, hilly area, to walk and to run their dogs (some doing it by illegally allowing their dogs off of their leashes). Why not lease some land from Occidental College up in the hills, away from the residents? (5) Every dog park that I’ve experienced depends on the dog owners to pick up after their dogs. Invariably, many do not, resulting in a smelly and potentially unhealthy area that will impact the residents in the surrounding areas, as well as the visitors to the recreation center. Good intentions often lead to a smelly area devoid of grass (just look at the Silver Lake dog park or the Griffith Park dog park!) (6) Finally, in my view, dog parks put dogs at risk for contacting disease. Not everyone is a good dog owner. There is no check of the health status and vaccination status of the dogs visiting the park. In the same vein, the increased number of dogs that would be walking through my neighborhood on the way to the dog park, are potentially carrying diseases that can then be transmitted to my dog (dogs poop where they need to poop; some owners pick up; some don’t). In summation, the idea of a dog park is a noble cause, but the Yosemite location is without a doubt, not a good idea.

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