Thanks, Beneful for helping to improve North Hollywood’s Whitnall Dog Park!
Last fall, my office joined forces with dozens of community members to help North Hollywood's Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park win the Beneful Dream Dog Park competition. Together we succeeded due to a strong, united social media push by many North Hollywood residents, dog park users and my office.
See our www.nohoartsdistrict.com campaign to make Whitnall the Benefl dog park improvement finalist!
As the winning park, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks received $20,000 from Beneful to improve the park. Whitnall is widely used by dog owners in the area but lacks basic amenities like shade structures, ADA compliant access gates and adequate seating. So, in order to really transform Whitnall into a place the community can better use and enjoy, I matched the prize money with $20,000 in additional funding from my own office budget, creating a grand total of $40,000 earmarked for park improvements. That announcement happened at a community ceremony in early December 2016.
Though we had hoped to break ground on this project sooner, things were complicated due of the presence of high voltage power lines both above and below the Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park. These power lines raise very real safety concerns and trigger multiple layers of federal and state restrictions governing construction at the park. Because of where the park is located and out of concern for the safety of park users and their pets, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has required the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) to adhere strictly to all the rules governing improvements on land underneath, and containing active high voltage power transmission lines.
We have an overall design that reflects the community's needs and consensus wishes, based on input from calls, emails and the community meeting that took place in May. Below is a snapshot of the important upgrades that will happen over the course of the next few weeks:
For the small dog area, RAP will install an ADA compliant gated vestibule entry on concrete paving, a decomposed granite pathway with recycled plastic edge material and a concrete pad with a fiberglass shade pergola over a concrete bench.
• For the big dog area, RAP will install a new concrete access approach, an ADA compliant gated vestibule entry on concrete paving, a decomposed granite pathway with recycled plastic edge material and a concrete pad with a fiberglass shade pergola over a concrete bench.
• The above list of upgrades exceeds the $40,000 in funding we secured for park improvements through Beneful and my office, and it contains nearly every improvement that the community and I have called for. Because these upgrades will greatly enhance the park, I have worked with RAP to ensure they can secure the money to make them.
I hope this gives you an idea about the challenges we've encountered and the work that's been done to make the Whitnall Off-Lease Dog Park a better place for dog owners and pets. Although it wasn't always quick or easy, we are moving forward and will have a much-improved dog park soon.
If you have questions or comments about the dog park or anything else in Council District 2, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very truly yours,
Councilmember Paul Krekorian, District 2
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