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Palos Verdes Dog Park Update

As many of you may know, my husband Bruce and I have been leading a petition drive to have the County of Los Angeles use a portion of the previous Palos Verdes Landfill in Rolling Hills Estates as a dog park, or to establish a dog park on another suitable site on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There is a tremendous unmet need for an off-leash dog park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The nearest dog park is at least a 20 minute drive away in Redondo Beach off of 190th Street, or at a temporary dog park in San Pedro which is scheduled to close in the next few years as it is on Port of Los Angeles land. Donna Littlejohn, a reporter for the Daily Breeze, also has blogged about our efforts to establish a dog park at her blog

At Tuesday nights Rancho Palos Verdes City Council meeting my husband Bruce and I spoke about the support that we have for the concept of a Palos Verdes peninsula dog park, as evidenced by the over 800 signatures we have obtained on petitions. Here is a link to a Daily Breeze article about our speaking to the RPV City Council:

 Picture of my miniature Australian Shepherd "Pepper "

I understand that RPV city staff have been evaluating a site within the RPV city boundaries for a possible dog park. This is exciting news and I hope that this possibility will be pursued to a successful conclusion.  As a second alternative, we are also continuig to pursue the idea of having the County of Los Angeles dedicate part of the former Palos Verdes landfill site as a dog park.  This site is within the boundaries of Rolling Hills Estates. We have forwarded copies of our petitions to the RHE council members and Iwe will also be attending their council meeting next Tuesday night. The RHE City Council Meeting will be held at 4045 Palos Verdes Drive North (the northwest corner at Crenshaw Boulevard) Tuesday night 9/22 beginning at 7:30 pm :

  Aerial view of former Palos Verdes Landfill  between Hawthorne and Crenshaw, north of Palos Verdes Drive North, across the street from Ernie Howlett Park on Hawthorne, and across from the South Coast Botanical Gardens on Crenshaw.

The obvious advantage of having a dog park established in RPV is that it may be several years before the Palos Verdes landfill site is deemed safe to develop other land uses on it.  Therefore, I would encourage the RPV city staff to continue to pursue the possibility of creating a dog park in RPV. You would have many dog owners on the hill forever grateful.

Above is an example of a dog park layout, including areas for both large and small dogs, an agility area, a small playground for small children, a covered shelter area, drinking fountains, etc.

It would be great if you could attend the City Council meeting for the city you live in to show support for a dog park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  You should also send an email to LA County , to each of the city council members as well as the city manager of the city you live in to express your support for a dog park:

RHE City Council member emails:

City Manager email:


Rancho Palos Verdes City Council Meeting, Fred Hesse Park Multi-purpose room, 7:00 pm Third Tuesday of each month.

City Council members:

City Manager:

Head of parks dept:

Palos Verdes Estates City Council meeting, 7:30 PM Tuesday night October 13 :

City Council members emails:

Mr. Rae :

City Manager Mr. Hoefgen c/o

County of Los Angeles email addresses:

Mike Ginn, assistant to Don Knabe

Don Knabe, County Supervisor

Dog Parks provide a wonderful place for dogas and their owners to exercise and socialize. Please join us in our fight to get a dog park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This will probably be our best chance to build support for this effort.


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Comment balloon 1 commentMaureen Megowan • September 17 2009 08:52PM


Since Terranea is dog friendly, support for a dog park would be quite a benefit for their guests. In addition, socialized dogs are a benefit for the entire community. This is an idea whose time has come as more people are having pets as evidenced by consumer products aimed @ that demographic has exploded.
Posted by Vicki Schoenfeld almost 9 years ago

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