Below is a Dog Park proposal submitted by a reader named Pete Donahue. This isn’t something that is actually happening, as Pete tells me “Crazy, I know (and I don’t even own a dog!) but something to dream…”
I have a crazy idea for Long Beach I’m wondering if you’d be interested posting on your blog.
Every time I pass those islands in between Park Ave’s east & west bound lanes, I always marvel at how wasted that space is. They have benches (for what? to wait for the light to change?) and some random chess tables (have you ever seen anyone playing chess there?).
I’m proposing turning one of the islands on Park Avenue between Franklin and Neptune into a dog park. This would coincide with the existing underutilized parking lot that is there already off Neptune [see map image below].
Granted, Long Beach has a dog park already but it’s very small and made of sand. This would be much larger and I think more enjoyable for dog owners. The park would require a fence obviously and also be surrounded with those heavy-duty traffic pillars to prevent wayward cars from careening through the fence at any given moment.
Yeah, so like I said it’s an uber long shot and I’m sure people will have a laundry list of why it shouldn’t happen (mainly the safety issue of the cars wizzing by, and the town having about a million more things on it’s plate than putting money towards a dog park when one already exist,to name a few) HOWEVER, I imagine the dog lovers will dig it (particularly the east end ones!)