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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Today we celebrated the ground breaking of the east side dog park in El Dorado Regional Park. Lots of 4 legged friends brought their owners to see the 1.5 acre site just inside the entrance to the El Dorado Regional Park. Also in attendance were ME 2 Nick Antis and his partner Ryder, a Belgian Malinois, who serve in the US Coast Guard National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program which makes our Port of Long Beach safe and secure.
Hopefully , the dog park will be dedicated to those canines who are in service to our country, our city and owners who need their assistance. Guide, service and K9 dogs provide wonderful service in so many ways and it would be great for Long Beach to be the first to acknowledge that service in this park.
The park is slated to open in late November and will feature space for small and large dogs and ADA accessibility. While 1.5 acres, it can be expanded with community funding and help.
The initial park is being funded with infrastructure funds from a budget given to each council member. I have used most of the $500,000 for street, sidewalk and curb repairs. This park will use $65,000 of that fund.
My office is currently seeking additional corporate support for the park. Donations can be sent to Partners of Parks, 2760 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815.
Posted by Gerrie Schipske at Saturday, August 24, 2013
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