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The city of Rolling Hills Estates may once again join Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates in requesting an off-leash dog park at the site of the former landfill.

The city of Rolling Hills Estates may once again send a letter to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe in support of an off-leash dog park at the site of the former Palos Verdes Landfill.

A letter from the city of Rancho Palos Verdes to RHE Mayor Susan Seamans prompted the council on Tuesday night to briefly discuss sending a second letter to the county. The city—along with Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes—first sent a letter expressing its support for a dog park in 2010.

Rancho Palos Verdes has renewed its advocacy for a dog park at the landfill after the city ended a dog beach pilot program at Rancho Palos Verdes Beach in April. Until the start of the pilot program, the beach had been an unofficial off-leash dog beach.

To put an off-leash dog park at the landfill site, Los Angeles County would have to amend its own laws and conduct an environmental analysis on the site, according to a Rancho Palos Verdes city report. The earliest the county would consider a dog park at the site is August 2013, as the county wants to wait a year to gauge the success of its own pilot program in La Crescenta.

The La Crescenta dog park was scheduled to open this August.

Though located in Rolling Hills Estates, the Palos Verdes Landfill site is owned by Los Angeles County.

Donna August 16, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Maybe the park could be opened on the Torrance end of the landfill or the Botanic Garden.
JB August 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Great idea! It is so sad that with all its open green space, Palos Verdes has virtually no place where well-behaved dogs can run free. The loss of the dog beach was a huge hit to hundreds of dog owners here. We especially miss it in the summer, when rattlesnakes are common in other popular dog areas. It has been difficult to find places to safely exercise high-energy dogs. Maybe one of the cities could do a licensing program, where owners pay a fee and attend a series of classes to have their dog certified for off leash in specific areas, at specific times. The program could also raise money by requiring a series of dog training programs that help owners understand dog behavior, and why it is SO important to having a well-exercised, well-behaved, well-socialized dog. I see far too many poorly socialized dogs here in PV, and owners who don't seem to understand how dangerous it is to have an aggressive dog, even when their dog is in the yard or on a leash.
Judy Mitchell August 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I wholeheartedly agree that if space is available then a designated area for dogs to exercise and socialize should be established--healthy for the dogs and beneficial to owners and neighbors. An appeal to experts, [local trainers, veterinarians, and animal behaviorists such as Cesar Milan], to write letters in support of a dog park might help expedite the establishment of the dog park for the reasons stated by JB. This should not be a 3 year struggle!
Maureen Megowan May 15, 2013 at 01:04 PM
The County opened their first dog park in La Crescenta in October 2012, therefor, hopefully they will be ready to consider a dog park at the Palos Verdes Landfill site in September or October 2013. My husband Bruce and I have been leading the fight for a dog park at the landfill site for about 4 years now and hopefully this will come to pass. We are recommending that some system to control access to the dog park only to those dogs that have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered be implemented. Through this system, dog owners could also pay a yearly fee to maintain the dog park.


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