BOYLE HEIGHTS — Finding a place to build a dog park is never easy. Dog lovers wants a central, large location while neighbors often resist the idea of living next to a Fido playland. A group of Boyle Heights animal lovers, however, says it has found a potential site — a wedge of empty land between Hollenbeck Park and the 5 Freeway — for the neighborhood’s first dog park.
Marisol Sanchez, a member of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and PAWS to Salud y Vida, a group of “pet mindful,” residents, said the sliver of land is owned by Caltrans. But the state highway agency is “open to the idea” of turning over the plot to the city if officials commit to building a dog park, Sanchez said.
While the neighborhood council recently voted in favor of providing a letter in supporting the creation of a dog park, there is still much to do. An official proposal with a budget needs to be completed and presented to city agencies as well as Councilman Jose Huizar for review and approval. PAWS to Salud y Vida recently began distributing a petition in support of the dog park.
“The majority of the cost is to have fencing put in place and a water fountain for the dogs,” said Sanchez, whose group plans to seek online donations to cover some costs “We’re still in the process of collecting bids for both.”
Sanchez said the goal is to have to a Boyle Heights dog park open by January.