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    Here is a Timeline Leading to the Improvements Planned for William S Hart Dog Park

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    Ric Abramson, the City of West Hollywood’s Urban Design and Architecture Studio Manager, has provided a detailed timeline breaking down outreach, public hearings and council meetings leading to the proposed improvements that are in the works for the William S Hart Dog park at 8341 De Longpre Avenue. The plans for improvement were initiated by then West Hollywood council member Lindsey Horvath and current council member Lauren Meister.

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    Extensive outreach was undertaken for well over a one-year period that included not only dog guardians but also other interested parties in Hart Park, including but not limited to the Actors Studio, members of the disabled community, and the Sunset BID.  

    The City Council held a public hearing, heard the results of the outreach and recommendations from the Public Facilities Commission and the Disability Advisory Board, took testimony from the public, and weighed the pros and cons of both the turf v. wood chips issue and the separating or combining of the large and small dog parks question. City staff presented three options for a single dog park, a two-tiered and split dog park, and all turf versus wood chips options at the meeting.

    The Council took formal action to move forward with the option for a tiered and separated park that is 100% biodegradable synthetic turf at their meeting in April 2023. The City has now proceeded to contract with design and engineering professionals who are preparing construction documents based on the City Council’s direction.

    The Staff Report from the April City Council meeting is attached. It details most of the history. Please let me know if you have further questions.

    William S. Hart Park Site Improvement Project

    February 01, 2017         CASp Report for Hart Park prepared by MIG

    March 19, 2018               City Council direction to staff to commence work (staff report below)

    Staff Report_Hart park Improvements_City Council_03.18.2021 (1)

    August 8, 2018                PFC meeting item

    ACTION: PFC formed the Hart Park Ad Hoc Committee (Commissioner Block, Commissioner Torres, and Commissioner Isaacs)

    October 7, 2019             City Council approved a new lease with City of Los Angeles

    January 2020                   Added Urban Design & Architecture Studio to staff team to begin outreach efforts

    January 8, 2020                PFC Subcommittee meeting

    January 14, 2020            News Release: City Seeks Community Input on Future Site Design Improvements of William S. Hart Park

    March 11, 2020               PFC Subcommittee meeting

    Starting Feb 2020           Held three (3) Community Outreach Events (Hart ParkPlummer Park Farmers Market, and West Hollywood Park)

    Hart Park Community Outreach – Photos courtesy of the City of West Hollywood – Photos by Jon Viscott

    More photos of the outreach pop-up can be viewed in the link below:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/weho/albums/72157712963184071/

    February 20, 2020          Staff presented input from the community outreach events to the public at a formal community meeting held at Plummer Park

    September 23, 2020     Disability Advisory Board meeting to discuss Hart Park improvements

    September 23, 2020     Virtual presentation to Community

    October 19, 2020           News Release: City Resumes Community Outreach Process to Provide Feedback Opportunities About Future Site Design Improvements at William S. Hart Park

    October 29, 2020           Virtual presentation to Community

    March 15, 2021               Virtual presentation to Sunset Strip Business Improvement District

    May 12, 2021                   PFC meeting item

    SUBJECT: The Public Facilities Commission will receive an update on the community outreach efforts and the conceptual design plans for site accessibility and amenity upgrades at William S. Hart Park.

    ACTION 1: Approve staff’s recommendation for accessible access pathways.

    ACTION 2: Approve staff’s recommendation to switch to dog-friendly synthetic turf.

    April 3, 2023: City Council meeting item (staff report below).

    Staff Report_Hart Park Improvements_City Council 04.03.2023_FINAL

    ACTION: City Council directed staff to proceed with the recommended Phase 1 improvements at William S. Hart Park which include site access and disability upgrades, a reconfiguration and surface material replacement of the off-leash dog area, and associated enhancements identified during the community outreach process. The City Council appointed Councilmember Byers and Mayor Pro Tempore Erickson to the City Council Ad-Hoc Hart Park Subcommittee to evaluate potential Phase 2 enhancements which include additional opportunities for enhancements that resulted from the community outreach process. The City Council also authorized funding for design and engineering services.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Pete
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    2 months ago

    These changes can’t happen soon enough. Hart Dog Park is renowned as the filthiest one anywhere in LA. People are nice, but my dogs always need a bath right after they get home. Looking forward to being able to walk my dogs to Hart again.

    Bob Claster
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    2 months ago

    Whatever outreach may have been done years ago when these plans were first formulated was insufficient to get an accurate sense of how the people who use and love the park feel, and is now irrelevant. This needs to be revisited, and our feelings need to be taken into consideration. We feel that this park works just great exactly the way it is. It’s a wonderful mix of people and pooches; it’s beautiful, shady, and well-maintained. It’s a marvelous resource, and we’re all so lucky and grateful to have it. Many of us enjoy it daily, and it’s an important and joyful part of… Read more »

    John Ryan
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    2 months ago

    What actions can we take to stop this ridiculous plan?

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    2 months ago

    Bob, did you attend any of the community pop up meetings? I did not, but there must have been support for the changes they are planning.

    Bob Claster
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    2 months ago

    No. At the time, my dog was too old and infirm to enjoy the park anymore, so we weren’t involved. However, I have spoken with many who were there, who have all reported that while the community were all unanimous in agreeing that these changes were unwanted, the conclusions of the outreach were predetermined and the entire exercise was a sham.

    For real?
    For real?
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    2 months ago

    …or, you know, they could not do all this expensive stuff.

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