By HOWARD YONET
There appears to be an effort to place a long-desired dog park in lower Temescal Canyon, the exact spot not decided. I believe this is not a good idea and CTN has graciously agreed to let me present my reasons.
I’ve spoken with several dog owners who walk their dogs in, or around, the Recreation Center. All state that they would not use a dog park in the canyon because of its remoteness and the need to drive.
The Temescal Parkway is a very attractively landscaped place with grassy areas, trees and a meandering path to the beach. Unfortunately, it is also narrow, and placing a large chain-linked, gated structure with wood, concrete and necessary signage anywhere on that park, will degrade the beauty and experience for all Los Angelenos.
To get to the proposed park, Palisadians will most likely head down Temescal Canyon Road towards the beach. To reach the park by the playground, a resident will then have to make a U-turn.
Or a resident will park on the downhill side and then jay walk across four lanes of traffic and a bike path to reach the dog park enclosure.
This is a recipe for auto collisions and accidents. During the summer, there is no parking along Temescal Canyon Road as beach goers park on both sides of that road.
There are still some homeless in the hillside and in the underbrush throughout the canyon.
Also, in the tall grasses and underbrush are numerous animals ranging from ground squirrels to deer. They are hosts for ticks, lice and fleas which in turn can carry and transmit serious microbial diseases including Lyme disease. Your dog could bring these infected vectors back to your home.
In conclusion: There is a need for a designated dog park, but Temescal Canyon Park will be a poorly attended, expensive and possibly a hazardous location.