The city of Anaheim opened it’s first dog park Saturday at La Palma Park. Located at the corner of La Palma Parkway and Lemon Street, the park was formerly the site of a homeless hangout.
The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily intended for the exercise and recreation of dogs. On Mondays the park opens at noon to allow for maintenance.
The park has two separate areas, one side for dogs 25 pounds and under and the other side for larger dogs.
All dogs must enter and exit the park on a leash and be accompanied by someone age 18 or older. The parks also comes equipped with poop bags for speedy waste removal, which is mandatory.
Anaheim residents like Dolores Leglar, are happy to finally have a dog park close to home. Leglar would drive to parks all over Orange County to accommodate her pup. She is glad that the park is being used by the community in a positive way and hopes that there will be more dog parks in the cities future.
Walking by, you will notice an empty playground and an empty park since locals now avoid the park and its growing homeless population that reside there.
The fresh green grass is a nice change from the tent filled plot it once was but it still begs the question of how is the city trying to solve the problem of helping the homeless instead of moving them around.