Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 – 1:33 PM
By Victoria Talbot
It started with a dream and, when Lili Bosse became Mayor in 2014, the dream became the reality of the Beverly Hills Community Dog Park, which celebrated the one year anniversary Sunday at a doggone good breakfast meat-and-eat event!
The celebration was sponsored by Friends of Beverly Gardens Park and the Beverly Hills Recreation and Parks Commission with generous donations from Toast Bakery Café, The Beverly Hills Market & Deli, Urth Café, Pussy & Pooch, the Amanda Foundation, Pet Food Express and the Larder at Maple Drive.
Dozens of dogs of all sizes came to sniff and bark, from Great Pyrenees to Mexican Hairless, enjoying gratis treats while they ran unfettered through the park. Most of the dogs were seen nose-to-butt, doing what dogs do best, but some could not resist those wonderful neon-green balls! They flew through the park despite the heat, splashing up to the water fountains with glee.
It was a dance of dogs, one that will long be cherished for many a dog and dog lover.
Mayor Lili Bosse was joined by husband Jon and dog Teddy. President and Publisher of the Courier Marcia Hobbs brought the Beverly Hills Bear. Both dogs have their own Facebook pages and enjoy a bit of doggie celebrity.
And both women, along with Teri Austin, President of the Amanda Foundation and Animal Activist Tina Sinatra, were instrumental in making the dog park a reality. Together, they led the community through grueling public meetings, ironing out every detail of the park from benches to poop bags, until, one year ago, Beverly Hills finally had a dog park.
Also present were Council members Les Friedman and Robert Wunderlich, City Manager Mahdi Aluzri, Commissioner Simone Friedman and a lot of dog-loving friends, including Annette Saleh, Franny Rennie and Deborah Frank from the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park, hosts of the event.
Over 1400 residents have registered their pooches to use the park which is currently limited to residents and their guests only, with registration, or employees of Beverly Hills businesses and hotel guests who register. On May 30, the City recorded one hotel guest pass, twelve resident’s guest passes, 265 employees’ tags, and 1,034 residents’ tags.
The City is in the process of conducting outreach to determine the future of park rangers and restricted access, as well as amenities to the park.