• BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    Sense of place. Dog parks are a great way to bring that home. Community centers are what they really are and any time you can have the community dialoguing for a better neighborhood, city, it is a win. Plus the educational possibilities of a dog park, are also a big plus. Good dog ownership is all about educating others on how to be a good dog owner, sometimes at dog parks, sometimes as setting an example. Overall, a good investment for any city. In Los Angeles, a study was funded a few years ago and homes that were near dog parks had higher values. So for real estate, also a good thing. Plus, dogs rock!

  • UnitedWeStand

    According to the AKC……The Ideal Dog Park Should Include . . .
    • One acre or more of land surrounded by a four- to six-foot high chain-link
    fence. Preferably, the fence should be equipped with a double-gated entry
    to keep dogs from escaping and to facilitate wheelchair access.
    • Cleaning supplies, including covered garbage cans, waste bags, and pooperscooper
    • Shade and water for both dogs and owners, along with benches and tables.
    • A safe, accessible location with adequate drainage and a grassy area that is
    mowed routinely.
    • If space allows, it is preferable to provide separate areas for small and
    large dogs. This will enable large dog owners to allow their pets to run more
    freely, while protecting smaller dogs who may not be suited to the
    enthusiastic play of larger breeds.
    • Signs that specify park hours and rules and parking close to the site.

  • A DTSA Pioneer

    The “Blue Lot” at the corner of 1st and Bush is underutilized for art and live music shows. Converting it, even temporarily, into a partial dog park would be a positive step forward for our growing city.

    • Good luck with that. The owners of The Lot property and the adjacent”East Village Workshops” are veritable slumlords.

  • Ryan S

    Thank you Voice of OC for bringing attention to this discussion. I just want to clarify that Downtown Inc. has been taking the lead on finding out if there is interest for a dog park downtown. The answer has been a resounding yes. We have nearly 500 local residents who have expressed strong need for a dog park and we’re excited how a K-9 corner or small dog park could activate Birch Park and connect downtown residents. Some people are upset that we are working to see if the community wants a dog park and say we should only focus on parks for children. We are sympathetic to the lack of park space in Santa Ana and we are strong advocates for inclusive spaces for youth. We view the activation of Birch Park with people and their pets as complimentary, not competitive to the needs of children in our community and we are simultaneously working on developing a skate park and other programming with SAUSD and SAC. Regarding Ms. Harris’ concerns that I did not speak to the Senior Center, I can assure her that I walked in the center asked staff about a dog park. They said it was a great idea and that many of the Seniors have dogs and would like to bring them to the park. Like them, I hope to connect with more pet owners who want to work together to build something for the community.

  • UnitedWeStand

    Dog parks are for PEOPLE who have dogs, they are not just for dogs. Truth be known Orange county is currently very backwards when it comes to providing services for people who have pets. And according to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, and the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of households have a pet. And according to Reuters, only 43% of households have children. Additionally, Anaheim is also pretty low on the scorecard for parks and both Anaheim and Santa Ana are number 1 and number 2 with the most animals killed at the county animal shelter. But the most telling of how the politicians of Orange County feel about animals, we have ONE county animal shelter serving 2 million people and it is 75 years old. I have seen dogs tied up (tethered) at the doors of mobile homes in Anaheim. Tethering a dog for more than 3 hours in a 24 period is a violation of California law. Tethering a dog for long periods is not only bad for the dog, it poses a danger to humans —it is a high risk factor in serious dog bites and attacks. Dogs unable to retreat from perceived or real threats can act out aggressively when approached. Dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A tied dog, unable to take flight, resorts to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory. We should have a dog park at the Orange County Great Park!!!!!

  • Brexit

    Really with all the issues facing the city the best investigative idea you could come up with is the lack of dog parks.

    • disqus_sfdqxABqN7

      SA is one big dog park.