O’FARRELL, REC AND PARKS DEDICATE SILVER LAKE DOG PARK SHADE STRUCTURES

UPDATE: CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 14

SILVER LAKE— Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge, along with the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) and at least a couple dozen Eastside dog lovers, celebrated the installation of three new shade structures last Saturday at the Silver Lake Dog Park.

The shade structures at the park, which is located along Silver Lake Blvd next to the Reservoir (Google map), will provide shelter from the sun for all four-legged visitors and their human companions. Two of the shade structures were placed in the area for large dogs, and one was placed in the area for small dogs.

“These new shade structures will help improve the visitor experience for everyone — whether you have two legs or four,” said O’Farrell, who also serves as Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank the park stakeholders and our community partners for their work to beautify this wonderful amenity in the City of Los Angeles.”

The idea for the shade structures was hatched by the community and spearheaded by Silver Lake resident Jen Byrne. RAP engineers worked with the community on the concept and the design.

“I felt that since this park had become a big part of my life, it was only right to make it as enjoyable a space as possible”  said Jen Byrne, President of the Silver Lake Dog Park Association.  “Now here we are finally, and it was well worth the wait.”

RAP also announced a fundraising campaign for even more improvements at the park. Visitors have asked for better landscaping and other beautification efforts. $5,000 will be donated by Trumark Homes and matched by the community for a total of $10,000.

Checks should be made payable to "City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks" with "Silver Lake Dog Park Donation" in the memo line. Checks can be sent to:

City of Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks
Partnership Division
3900 W. Chevy Chase Drive, m/s 628-9
Los Angeles, CA  90039

Checks and cash can also be dropped off at the Silver Lake Recreation Center. Please be sure to note that it is for the dog park. The fundraising campaign will end on October 26, coinciding with the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Pageant.

In addition to the fundraiser, the Councilmember is still seeking design submissions for the Silver Lake Dog Park Sign Design Contest. The designs should be geared toward the message to ‘Keep it Clean’ and responsible dog park etiquette. The contest ends January 14 and the winner will be announced on cd13.com. More information can be found here.

PHOTO: From left, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Jen Byrne, Ramon Barajas, Recreation and Parks Maintenance Operations Superintendent, Sylvia Patsaouras, President, Recreation and Parks Commission, Councilmember Tom LaBonge

PHOTO: From left, Jen Byrne, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Ramon Barajas, Recreation and Parks Maintenance Operations Superintendent, Sylvia Patsaouras, President, Recreation and Parks Commission, Councilmember Tom LaBonge

PHOTO: JuanCarlos Chan/LA Recreation and Parks Dept.

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