How much is that WeHo doggie park? The one filled with waggly tails? Well, that will depend on the City Council, which will be presented with five options Monday night for an off-leash dog area in West Hollywood Park ranging from $700,000 to $1.15 million.
The city’s Community Development Department is recommending that the Council choose an option that would cost $750,000 and provide two distinct areas for dogs, both located east of the basketball courts on the north end of the park and adjacent to San Vicente Boulevard.
One of the areas would be for small dogs and the other for larger dogs. All together, the dog area would cover 8,600 square feet in the park, which will be cover about eight acres when the second phase of its redevelopment is completed.
An earlier redevelopment plan presented to the City Council in July did not include an area where dogs could play off leash, but did include play areas for small children. That promoted an objection by Mayor John D’Amico, who complained about what he called the city’s “institutional fetishization of kids.”
“We have 400 kids who live in this city, and we have 30,400 adults who have dogs,” D’Amico said, asking why children were given dedicated park space and dogs weren’t. Children make up roughly five percent of the city’s population of a little more than 34,000 people.
The city conducted a study of options for a dog park and presented its findings to the Council in October. The options the Council will consider Monday night are revisions to those earlier proposals.
The least expensive of the five options would enclose the lawn west of the existing basketball courts and also use the area north of the courts as a dog run. Construction of a dog park in that 7,600 square foot area would cost an estimated $700,000.
The most expensive option would encompass the area east of the basketball courts and the eastern most court itself. The existing concrete basketball court would be demolished and replaced with artificial turf. That $14,250 square foot dog park would cost an estimated $1.15 million.
The dog park and proposed additional parking spaces are the reason for a recommended $4.25 million increase in the $85.8 million budget for the redevelopment.
The Council will consider the proposal at its meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday night at the Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, south of Santa Monica.