History of the Arts District Dog Park
In 2009, LARABA was gifted the use of a small parcel of land by the Honda Family for a private community dog park. The project was spearheaded by then LARABA President John Saslow, LAPD SLO Jack Richter and former board member Sharon Tomlin. The labor and materials were funded by LARABA, CD14 and community leaders for it’s creation.
Due to growing operational costs, the park was shuttered in peril 2014. The community spoke up and LARABA formed a Dog Park Committee lead by Laura Velkei and Christopher Fudurich to create a self-sustaining model based on volunteers and donations.
The committee, along with community members Dawn Cody, Heath Satow, Doug Yager, Heather Strong, Raquel Beck-Yamamoto, Todd Terrazas, and LA Downtown News reporter Donna Evans, kicked into high gear and received over $10,000 in commitments to keep the park running for 2 years. You can meet our founding donors below.
After a series of improvements, including a timer lock gate, grading and fresh decomposed granite, bags, benches, a Community Board and slew of other amenities, the park re-opened in September of 2014.
Both the creation of the park and it subsequent reopening, exemplifies the incredible passion and determination of the Arts District Community. It has become a shining example of true neighborhood spirit.