DOG FRIENDLY PARK IN ALTADENA

TO THE ALTADENA TOWN COUNCIL AND SUPERVISOR BARGER 

We the undersigned voters in Altadena, California, request your favorable consideration of the following proposal: 

        An amendment to Los Angeles County Ordinance 10.32.010 permitting dogs to be unleashed in designated off-leash areas in Farnsworth Park from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. Monday through Friday, and 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. on holidays, Saturday and Sunday.  Such proposal to be a pilot program for a period of one year in order to ascertain whether the policy can be implemented County-wide.

       The proposal follows guidelines set by Central Park in New York City which have successfully implemented such a policy for over 40 years.    Beginning in the 1980s, New York City Parks & Recreation has provided off-leash dog activity within designated areas of City parks from early morning up to  9:00 AM.  The rule prohibits dogs from being off-leash at children's playgrounds and tennis courts. 

       The alternative to the proposal is use of dog parks which typically are miles away from residents and result in a significant increase in car trips with the resulting environmental degradation.  Residents of Altadena have consistently opposed dog parks because of these issues.    

        Petitioners, residents of Altadena, California, respectfully request that the Altadena Town Council approve and the Los Angeles County Supervisors enact a Farnsworth Park pilot program permitting dogs to be off-leash in designated portions of Farnsworth Park during the hours indicated above. 

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