SILVER LAKE -- Fresh ideas are needed for a design contest geared toward promoting ‘keeping it clean’ and responsible dog park etiquette at one of the most popular parks in the City of Los Angeles.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Department of Recreation and Parks are seeking graphic design entries from the public. Each entry should encourage Silver Lake Dog Park-goers to pick up after their pooch. The idea for the contest was hatched out of necessity: hundreds of people and dogs enjoy the Silver Lake Dog Park every day, but many forget about the responsibility of picking up after their furry friend.

“Whether you have two legs or four, I want every person and creature to have a pleasant experience at the Silver Lake Dog Park,” said O’Farrell. “I am excited to see the great designs that will help encourage more responsible dog ownership and help beautify the community in a simple way.”

The winning designs may be used to remind visitors of dog park etiquette at the Silver Lake Dog Park and possibly at other Los Angeles City Dog Parks.


Those interested in submitting a design can do so starting August 1 at 12:00 a.m., through JANUARY 14 at 11:59 p.m. Participants must submit their information (per #5 Ground Rules, listed below) and design(s) in the proper format (#'s 8, 9 & 10 below) within this time frame. Please email your entries to

The Sign Design Contest Committee will select the top five designs and showcase the finalists on

A reminder for the contest will be announced on Oct 26 at the Howl-O-Ween Dog Pageant. Please contact CD13 Silver Lake Field Deputy Mary Rodriguez at or 323-957-4500.


2014 Silver Lake Dog Park Sign Design Contest

Keeping it Clean

Ground Rules


  1. Design a sign for the Dog Park, reminding the patrons to clean up after their dog(s).

  2. The Silver Lake Dog Park Sign Design Contest is open to any person; you do not have to be a current Silver Lake Dog Park visitor.

  3. Participation is free – there is no entry fee

  4. No more than two (2) designs per person during the submission time frame

  5. Each participant must include the following information with their submission(s): name, address, phone, email, name of parent or guardian if under the age of 18, and parent/guardian phone number. All submissions must be e-mailed to

  6. Multiple entries must be submitted at the same time during application process.

  7. Design(s) and application can be submitted between August 1, 2014, 12:00 am and January 14, 2014, 11:59 pm.

  8. Entries must be submitted in a digital medium.

  9. Required Image Format:  jpeg, pdf, high resolution

  10. Design size restrictions:  9"x 12",  12"x 18",  18"x 24",  24"x 36"

  11. Subject restriction:  Dog Park Design Contest “Remember to pick up after your dog”  – appropriate material only, otherwise the submission will be disqualified.

  12. Your design must be your own original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material or intellectual property. If your design infringes upon another’s copyright or license, it will be disqualified. City shall not be liable for any third party claims, actions, judgments, costs or damages of any type associated with the submitted artwork that result from any infringement upon the intellectual property of any third party.

  13. The top five designs will be posted on

  14. Voting for the top five designs will be done by a Committee comprised of the Department of Recreation & Parks, Animal Services Wildlife Division, Silver Lake Dog Park Association, North East Silver Lake Neighborhood Watch, The Mark Company, and other local animal welfare advocates.

  15. The decision with the most votes by the Committee is final.

  16. The winners will be notified by email by January 20, 2015.

  17. Top five (5) favorite designs may be used as signage for the Silver Lake Dog Park and possibly other Los Angeles City Dog Parks.

  18. The City of Los Angeles retains the copyright to all artwork submitted under this 2014 Silver Lake Dog Park Sign Design Contest. The City of Los Angeles shall have all and exclusive rights of ownership, possession, and enjoyment of submitted artwork, which shall be single-edition. The City of Los Angeles has sole and exclusive discretion in the use, non-use, and enjoyment of the physical element of the artwork, subject to any legal restrictions. Notwithstanding, the by submitting artwork under this 2014 Silver Lake Dog Park Sign Design Contest, the artist hereby agrees to waive any and all moral rights under the Visual Artists’ Rights Act and/or the California Artists’ Rights Act.

  19. Design(s) created by minors must be approved and permitted to be entered into this contest with minor’s parent(s)/guardian(s) consent

  20. By entering the competition, you agree to abide by all contest rules.

  21. Don’t forget to have fun!

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