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City Presents Details on South Hills Park Improvements

The city’s hiking destination is getting a new makeover with slated renovations.

The City of Glendora’s Recreation Department presented more details on slated renovations for South Hills Park, including a new walking trail, off-leash dog park and playground expansion.

The renovations are a result of extensive public feedback in a community survey, which listed improvements at South Hills – one of the city’s premier hiking destinations – as a high priority.

Recreations Director Lashawn Butler outlined the proposed renovations to the city council Tuesday. The plans included a 1,300 square foot walking trail surrounding the entire park, which would lead into the existing network of trails.

Butler said the walking trail would “make our trails a little more visible for the community.”

Another feature includes a 17,000 square foot off-leash dog park, with fenced-in areas for larger and smaller dogs. Butler said the dog area would be similar in size to Claremont’s Pooch Park.

The city also has plans to expand the park’s playground area, including a 2,400 square foot playground for children ages 2 to 12 years old. The park would also include outdoor musical instruments that can be utilized not just by children, but special needs individuals as well, said Butler.

“We do have group homes and adult care facilities that use the park that have adults and youth with mental handicaps,” said Butler.  “We thought this would be a unique opportunity and well used and appreciated by them.”

Improved bathroom facilities and a shaded canopy area are also included in the park proposal.

Ralph Long February 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Sounds great. Looking forward to it. I hike these hills frequently and have always considered South Hills to be a great little sanctuary, with fabulous 360 degree views. No mention in the article of when these improvements will happen. Hopefully, they will be soon.
Lorraine Terpening February 15, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I'll try this again. Claremont pooch park has a small dog side the size of a postage stamp. My small dog cannot play with the large dogs. Please visit San Dimas dog park. Ample room for active small dogs and a spay/neuter requirement which cuts down on aggressive dog fights. Fence height should also NOT emulate Claremont. Again, check out how high the fencing is at San Dimas dog park. I would love to attend a park closer to me, so I hope this park does not cater to large dogs only.
CK February 15, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Wonderful! Thank you Lashawn for listening to the people that return your surveys. And great job to the citizens of Glendora for speaking up.
jr February 15, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I think it is a wonderful idea to have a dog park and other things going on at South Hills Park that might drive away the undesirable things that go on there now. Good job Glendora.
AB February 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM
As a long time resident of Glendora, South Hills Park has been known for two things: The Fall Heritage Festival and (unfortunately) drug deals. As of late, we've added "finding dead bodies" to that list. ANY improvements to the park are greatly appreciated. These sound excellent.

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