Community Invited to Grand Opening of New El Dorado Dog Park Expansion

ThinkstockPhotos-451889243The community and their canine companions are cordially invited to the grand opening ceremony of the newly constructed expansion area for the El Dorado Dog Park on Saturday, June 13 at 1:00PM. The site will keep space available for off-leash play during maintenance periods.

The one-acre expansion is immediately east of the existing 1.5-acre off-leash El Dorado Dog Park, in the southeast corner of El Dorado East Regional Park, Area II.

“El Dorado Dog Park has been incredibly popular with residents ever since it opened in February 2014,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in an earlier press statement. “This expansion area will ensure that residents can continue to bring their dogs to the park for exercise and play.”

Because dog parks are generally closed for a few off-peak hours for weekly maintenance, the expansion area will allow dog park users to utilize the park during these routine park check-ups as well as during more extensive maintenance tasks such as turf aeration and restoration. The expansion area will only be open while maintenance is performed on the existing area.

The expansion includes 427 feet of fence with a double entry gate, a cement access meeting pad that fits within American Disability Act (ADA) requirements, two benches with concrete pads and a dog bag dispenser. The $36,750 project was funded with Council District Five non-recurring infrastructure funds and existing city resources, according to the announcement.

"The El Dorado Dog Park is a great place where neighbors can gather to enjoy time together and with their four-legged family members," said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo in a statement. "This small investment of one-time funds will extend the life of the park, and I thank our City team and community partners who have been instrumental in making this a premier facility for residents and their dogs."

The existing El Dorado Dog Park was the first dog park in Northeast Long Beach, according to the release. It is ADA accessible, has a double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers.

The City of Long Beach now has more than 12 acres of open space where dogs can socialize and play off-leash.

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