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Renovations, Dog Park Amenities Planned for South Hills Park

The city plans to install new amenities, including a fitness track and a dog park.

South Hills Park, the gateway to the South Hills Wilderness area and trails system, will soon get a facelift with new amenities for visitors to enjoy.

Part of improvements implemented under the Parks and Trails Master Plan approved in June 2011, the new amenities are designed to make South Hills Park a destination park and “make a positive impact to the surrounding community,” according to a city written statement.

Previous plans for a dog park were shelved, but some interest during surveys for the Parks and Trails master plan brought a dog park in Glendora back into consideration.

The survey was based on 3,000 responses to a city mailer. While a dog park didn’t top the list of other Parks and Recreations needs or concerns, dog park amenities were included in renovations for South Hills Park.

Other new amenities include a fitness track circling the entire park, a larger playground with new equipment and swings, improved restroom facilities, new barbecue pits and shade structures.

For more information on the renovations, contact Andrea Miller at the city’s Park Division at (626) 852-4871.

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CK November 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Very nice! Let's hurry before the cash is gone! Go go go!
jr November 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Yes, I am looking forward to a dog park. Perfect place for one. Good job Glendora.
Nicole S. November 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Selfish people wanting a dog park. Do you want to live next door to a dog park? Constant barking all the time? This park is surrounded by houses. Having to listen to all those dogs isn't going to be pleasant when sitting in our backyard trying to enjoy the nature! Gosh there isn't adequate parking either. Yes this park needs upgrading and the fitness center is fantastic. But we don't need a dog park. It's not fair or right to the ones who have to live next to it.
Gloria November 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Good plan if a federal or state grant can be obtained. If the City budget is running in the red, and laying off employees, and thinking of ways to tax us, etc. it wouldn't make sense at this time.
Brian Worthmore November 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Whoof! Whoof! Whoof! Bark! Bark! Bark!...I'll only bark when I'm not at the park!
CK November 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I live behind a school and deal with people parking in front of my driveway and making tons of noise on game days at 7am on Saturdays. I can't wait to do it to your neighborhood! hahaha! And you are the one sounded selfish not taking one for the team like I have for the last 8 years. DEAL WITH IT !
gsuburban November 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
What cash? They just blew a ton on "Art Cook" monument area by throwing away what they built a few years ago and plan to plant drought resistant somethings. The water they save will probably pay them back after 20 years. Seems such a little thing to bother with during these times of cash shifting. I'd rather see the money go toward code enforcement but they fired everyone in that dept. in the name of budgets.
gsuburban November 30, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Those who have dogs and those who pay for and employ the animal control folks should exercise their pets on their own. This means their pets should be going to the bathroom in their own yards, while the masters clean up after them. I hate to see license fee's reduced just because the city likes animals neutered. Animals don't get to vote on that one.
gsuburban November 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Most, not all, pet owners have their pets for objects of desire rather than have a relationship with them. This would be one large reason you hear dogs barking all the time, they are in distress and ignored except when they want to take them for a walk and crap in someone else' yard.
CK November 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
You sound like an expert, you should head over to the park in San Dimas. You don't hear dogs barking because they are not in distress like you mentioned. And I am sure there will be bags provided for clean up just like at Fink. Relax everyone, it's just a dog park.
Terry November 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Tyler, did Glendora build the school AFTER you bought or rented the house? If you knowingly moved to a house next to a school that was already there, then there is no one to blame. The dog park is going to create unwanted noises for people who have been living near the park for years and even decades.
CK November 30, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Oh well! you ever hear of imminent domain??? They are luckY their houses aren't going demoed for a better life for all! And to answer your questions, the school I live behind was not being used for sports activities until recently. Also the league has sent out numerous memos to coaches and parents to use the lots in front instead of the street behind, but people don't listen. It's no big deal deal since I am a team player! all part of the game and living in a "playful city" !!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GLENDORA AND DON'T LET THESE SELFISH DEBBIE DOWNERS STOP YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!! DOG PARK HERE WE COME bark bark bark woof woof woof! YEAH!
Chelsea November 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
First of all, let me say I have been living in Glendora for almost 12 years. I am 22 and am the proud parent of a 100lb Chocolate Lab named Spencer. Now that I gave a little background...let's put things into perspective...what is needed at a dog park? A couple of benches for people, bags for doggy poop, an open space and a fence. Why are people so concerned about the money? On another note, dogs are dogs and they will bark whether or not they are at a dog park. Some dogs are just really vocal, so you don't need a dog park to hear dogs barking around Glendora. How will a dog park affect anything negatively? (As a side note: As dog owners we pay taxes for their license and all that other stuff. We deserve to have a park.) In summary, the only true complaint I see about building a dog park is the noise. At regular parks, you can hear kids screaming and laughing because they are having fun. Why are you gonna leave out our furry friends from having a good time too? ....My dog Spencer would not be pleased. You can't take away the fun from all the dogs just because a couple dogs might be noisy. That just isn't fair. Plus, ALL dog parks have hours of operation. If you are worried about trying to sleep when dogs are running around and barking, you needn't be. I'm sure the hours will be fitting for all parties. DOG PARK FOR THE WIN!
fam5 November 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Wow-some very harsh opinions. Can't we all get along? My belief is that dogs, cats, pets are part of families and dog parks offer an excellent way to exercise and keep those family members happy and healthy. If you are an animal hater I just feel sorry for you-you are missing a neat part of life. Let's accept everyone and what is needed to help so many.
Brian Worthmore November 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Bark!
Amber Lynn December 01, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I am concerned about the impact this proposed dog park will have on people's safety. Children play there. It is ludicrous to have dogs (such as pit bulls for example) running around off their leashes anywhere near a playground, even if there is a fence.
CK December 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Are you actually trying to be serious? Pit bulls running around in the playground with little kids! Do you even know what a dog park is? Get a life!
Amber Lynn December 01, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Tyler, that is not what I said. I said NEAR a playground, not IN the playground. By the way, I do have a life, and a dog, but child safety comes before anything on my list of priorities. Dogs can get loose and some things just aren't worth that risk. I filled out that survey and suggested a dog park, along with all the other dog lovers in Glendora, however, it is my opinion that the dog park should be placed elsewhere. (Somewhere away from kids.)
CK December 01, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Dog parks are safer than not having them. Dogs are allowed at finkbinder park and there's no fence between the playground and the dogs. This would regulate it. Sort of like taxing booze instead of having prohibition.
Ralph Long December 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I live near this park and am looking forward to these improvements, including the dog park, even though I do not have a dog and probably will not have one anytime soon. I have, however, had dogs in the past and visited dog parks. They are a great places to socialize for both pet and owner, not particularly noisy, not dangerous, and if the people using the park police each other (this is critical) pretty clean. As mentioned by someone else here, dogs normally bark when they are in distress, lonely, or being restrained. Barking at dog parks is minimal. And besides, the park will only be open daylight hours. The key to making this work will be working together and self enforcement of the rules. Aggressive dogs cannot be tolerated, owners must clean up after their pets (and themselves), the double gate entrance must be utilized, large and small dogs must be kept in their respective areas, no females in heat, owners must supervise their dogs. What I find a whole lot more annoying is people letting their dogs off leash on the hiking trails around here. But that's a whole different story. GOOD JOB GLENDORA!!
Ralph Long December 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I understand your concern but but think it be ok Amber. Before moving to Glendora, I lived in a community that had a great dog park. The dog park was part of a larger park, near a playground, next to soccer fields and next to a school. It was there for years and very well used. There was never a problem with dogs hurting the kids. Question: If not at South Hills, where would you put it in Glendora?
Lois M. Shade December 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
During the years Glendora has been discussing the South Hills and park creation after designation as a redevelopment project area to preserve the natural integrity, various proposals have surfaced. At one point many many years ago, Dee Hupp as a Parks & Rec Commissioner had a proposal drawn up that reflected much of what is being talked about now ... AGAIN. As a reminder, the South Hills Park also included horse trails. The proposed park was a reflection of an existing park in Canada ... believe it was Toronto. It appears our government is on the verge of reinventing an existing proposal.
fam5 December 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I agree with Rational Ralph. Dog Parks are everywhere in the surrounding area, and if there was an increase in dog-child problems or any increased issues, they would all be shut down by their respective city and ordinances. I have not heard of that happening. For the most part, dog owners, who care enough about their pet to take them to a dog park (and not run free on mountain trails), are extremely responsible. I think everyone is making a snow capped mountain out of a mole hill, Spend more time enjoying your family and the holidays!

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