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Tell Us: Should Glendora Build a Dog Park?

Neighboring cities have their own dog parks. Should Glendora have one?

Walking around town, it’s easy to notice that Glendora residents love their dogs. Many enjoy walking their canines at all hours of the day –  in the downtown Village Center, in neighborhoods and to parks. There are businesses such as and that cater to our beloved pets.

But Glendora has kept relatively quiet about building a dog park in the city, although neighboring cities such as San Dimas and Azusa have their own dog parks.

Interest in a dog park was voiced at a city council meeting in 2006, and a dog policy was drafted regulating standards for dogs and owners at public parks, such as leashes, vaccinations, and dog waste. But over the years, as budgets shrunk and priorities shifted, plans for a .

A 2010 Trails Master Plan survey showed that community members prioritized over a dog park.

What do you think? Should the city have its own dog park? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

Melinda March 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Let's do it !!! And not take forever and a day. Would love a dog park as I believe lots of residents would also!! This has been talked about for 6 PLUS years now! What's the holdup?? As with the skate park, this little 'burb is soooo slow in making good ideas happen!
Ian March 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Does the city have the money to build and maintain a dog park? That's the question.
Ashley Hanson Pawley March 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Yes, please. 3 yr olds and boxers don't always mix. If the dogs had their own park, my 3 yr old son would not be extremely afraid of dogs right now.
CK March 22, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I hope they bring some frogs to it if they build one. My pup loves them!
Denise B. March 22, 2012 at 05:05 AM
They do not. Patch is just teasing us and letting us get our hopes up.
Daisy Chain March 22, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Not with city money, they are laying people off!
Hazel Lodevico-To'o (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM
No teasing here. We're asking a question for community discussion. Is a dog park still something the community wants? Why or why not? There is no right or wrong answer. Current city budgets definitely factor in, as mentioned in this post.
Lorraine Terpening March 22, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Yes, I currently drive 14 miles round trip to visit San Dimas dog park. As long as a spay/neuter rule exists, I'll be there!
jr March 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I think we should have a dog park at the park at the end of Mauna Loa. There is a rest room there and all we need is some fencing. It might keep the druggies out of that park and the hills benind it. In Upland a group dog lovers put together the funds to remodel exiting dog park and the City approved it. This was a year or two ago.
JC March 22, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'm a dog lover, but Glendora can't even afford to maintain the parks it has. Go to Finkbiner and Goddard and check out the condition of the picnic facilities. See the abominable condition of the tennis courts (and yes, folks, that's where our high school JV and Freshman team have to play.) The bathrooms aren't maintained the way they should be. And how will the construction of this park be paid for? Let's not forget that this will be another place our peace officers will have to patrol. City resources are already stretched way too thin. Glendora can't afford a dog at this stage.
Richard King March 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Ask your vet. Just like hopspitals, a great place to find all the germs in one place. Likewise, the dog park. We walk our dogs "near" the dog park in San Dimas, but would never step foot in the dog park w/them. And this is based on conversations w/several vets. I thought we put this subject to bed in '06 when the city folks expressed two other options. And now w/the economy the way it is, it is one thing to build it, but another thing to maintain it, If you are looking for something to donate your money to, consider the Glerndora War Memorial. This project is being funded by donated money and in-kind labor & materials. This is probably not a "happy place" point of view, but is realistic. Again, ask your vet. And if he/she says otherwise, I'm sure they will be happy to see you on an office visit.
Denise B. March 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It was a tongue and check comment meant for my fellow Glendora dog park supporters. We have visited this issue many times and I was putting the official brakes on before anyone got too excited. If we are going to be doing less with less, it is obvious we won't be revisiting the dog park option anytime soon. When I said Patch was teasing us, I meant it in a light hearted way.
Janet March 22, 2012 at 08:53 PM
With what money? The city is threatening to lay more people off including police officers. They have already spent way too much on the signs in front of all the parks including putting in grass when they are trying to cut back on water usage. If you want to pay for this park with the utility tax the city is currently trying to force down our throats to pay for more signs, luxury water buildings and other pet projects go ahead. However my utility bills are already way too high and I don't want to give the city another blank check to waste more of my hard earned money.
Dennis nicholson March 26, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Way overdue...Glendora is always behind the curve...teen ctr, shopping, skate park, all took a generation...fact is the mkt place was shown as proposed on Thos. Bro maps over 30 yrs ago. Concerned about dog germs, just keep your socially deprived dog at home!
Ralph Long March 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I second the idea of putting a dog park at the end of Mauna Loa. Seems to me that would be a perfect place. On one side is the South Hills, on the other the flood control culvert. There is a townhouse development across the culvert which may be able to hear the dogs barking a little, but the noise should not be too bad, especially since the park would be closed at night (I assume). I am not, however, a fan of using city funds for this, at least at this time. Perhaps the city could make the property available and give administrative and professional advice to a citizen group who would raise money and actually get the work done? Dog parks are great fun, a great socializing area (for both dogs and humans) and are becoming more and more an EXPECTED community resource for people looking for a place to move to. Just like a library. In other words, a requirement to stay competiive with our neighboring cities, and other cities across the country.
Ian March 27, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Just don't ask me to pay for it (which includes asking the city to pay for it, since I'm funding the city with taxes, fees, assessments, etc).
Denise B. March 27, 2012 at 04:02 AM
We will be meeting next week to review our deficit, so a dog park is probably not in the cards at this time. We might want to think about a community garden somewhere though. Use some of the city land that is in limbo under RDA maybe. Vegetables have become so expensive at the stores and not everyone has a big yard to have a garden. It might help offset groceries for some of our needier families. We would have to have a plan to deal with our numerous critters though. I helped my dad grow a bunch of corn a few summers ago only to have the raccoons feast on it right before the harvest.
MellowMaverick March 27, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I'm pretty sure if a dogpark is built that my taxes and your taxes will help fund it. I will never use it, but I don't use the slides, swings, skatepark, playing fields, Teen Center, tennis courts or many other city-funded items and parks and yet I probably fund them and really, I'm okay with that. But that may just be me.
Denise B. March 29, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I saw in the Tribune yesterday that West Covina was getting a dog park! 60K was the cost. They moved some funds around from grants etc. Let's see what the city is proposing for the budget deficit.... It seems like we have some real dog lovers and others in the city that feel strongly we should spend on people before we spend on animals. I like the idea of the South Hills Park, but I also like the area up by Corral 35. San Dimas has a wonderful dog park - the best one in the area I think. I know that is is probably wishful thinking, but it does not hurt to keep trying. I will look into some ways that we can raise the money privately. West Covina said exactly what you did, "they are becoming an EXPECTED community resource.
gsuburban April 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Most dog owners don't need a dog park at the expense of others. They are nice however, are they really necessary? Basically, they are a place for everyone to take their muts to crap, in all honesty. You'll still have to use the provided baggies, insert the crap into a city provided trash can, avoid letting your dog pick a fight with another and so forth. Since we are not an HOA for the most part, those who really need a dog park should find plenty of them within HOA communities which by the way have, HOA fee's. I get plenty of "dog park deposits" in my yard as it is and a good portion of those dog owners walk their dogs so they can crap in someone elses yard rather than in the owners yard. What a waste, get up, get out the dog equipment, get in the car, drive to the dog park, get out and try to avoid dogs fighting, walk the dog, dog takes a dump, owner maybe cleans up the mess and throws it away, tries to avoid another dog fight on the way out, get in the car, go home, unload and put dog in owners yard. Most dogs that are trained to some degree usually will piddle in a place designated by the owner with some effort, and instantly, the dog goes to the same place on their own. Owner has little need to get out the search for piddle equipment and scoops it all up 1,2, 3 and puts it in the green waste. Dog parks...are great for condos and apartment owner.
Gloria June 14, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Amen!
Jeanette S November 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
We do need a dog park, for those against it, you have a few good points. I have one idea: Have all the dog owners come out and put the labor into this dog park and maintain it. I am in and so is my wife. If dog owners want a park for our dogs than lets put the hours and time into it for our dogs. We are here to help in anyway we can!! Wayne & Jeanette

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