Nothing could have been more disappointing than driving up to the Boneyard and seeing it locked up and covered in yellow caution tape. City workers were standing about so I drove up to them while Opie waved his tail happily at the familiar trees. Why was the park closed? What happened?
PXP – our local BP wannabe
What happened? PXP, our local version of British Petroleum, had some weird seepage into our City dog park. By the way, the Dog park is on the outskirts of a fairly well loved and well used city park. Joggers, children, hikers and dogs are frequent users. Some pipe of theirs was leaking something icky into the park. To add insult to injury, there was some issue regarding methane gas as well. Our neighborhood association is constantly and justifiably on the warpath against this company.
I could tell Opie didn’t understand when I didn’t pull into our usual parking spot and get him out of his hated seat belt harness. He’d endured strangers invading the van to get the boys out for school and now no dog park! No wrestling with Poppy, Chase, Isabella, Lola, Woody and his new friend Rocky! Oh Foul, foul despair! We went home and both of us had our walk with our tails dragging the ground.
Saturday, we went to see the Owl Movie, (Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) and left Opie at home. When we returned, we discovered that he’d destroyed two living room pillows from the couch. The living room looked like a blizzard had hit. I would have taken a picture but I was too busy trying to pick up up a mountain of cotton batting and forgot all about my camera. This was PXP”s fault! Not Opie’s! He was bored. He had no fun times with friends! He’d ignored the pillows for months. Why destroy them now? We weren’t even gone that long!
Checking out a New Dog Park!
We got on the Internet and looked at Dog parks in our area. It turns out that there were several other parks i the area. Yelp.com had reviews of all of them. I decided that we would make a game of visiting them all to see how we liked them. The first one on the list was Oberrieder Park in Playa Vista, a mere 2 miles from the house. The pictures looked great. Here they are:
There’s no doubt about it. This Play Vista Park is beautiful. The trees are all grown in. There is ample shade. It’s nestled in the heart of a rather upscale new Playa Vista Development. The parking was free and easy and it’s a quick drive from the house. It was definitely a nice alternative to the Boneyard. However, I couldn’t help making comparisons to my beloved Boneyard. To be fair, here are pictures of the Boneyard.
As you can see there are a big differences between the two dog parks.
The most obvious difference is that the Oberrieder Park is greener and shadier. However, it is also considerably smaller on the small dog side of the park than the small dog side at the Boneyard. The Boneyard small dog side is roughly three times larger than Oberrieder’s small dog section. The ground cover is different as well. Oberrieder has dark brown dirt and wood bark. The Boneyard has light colored sandy gravel. To determine which one is better for our family here are the pros and cons about each dog park.
- Beautiful Scenery
- Virtually attached to the picnic area and ideal for full family outings
- A mere 2 miles from the house
- Smells pretty good since owners must use plastic bags to pick up poop instead of pooper scoopers.
- Tree bark and dirt make it difficult to see dog poop to pick up
- Water fountain for dogs is shallow trough which creates Mud Dawgs in any weather.
- It’s tiny
- The anteroom area where dogs enter is shared by the big dog side. Be careful as you enter and leave with your small dog in case a big dog is leaving or entering as you do.
- It’s 2 miles from the house, but completely out of my way if I am bring the dog after dropping the kids off from school.
- Our best buddies are not there — this is a big one.
- Park and Playa Vista Development are located in a Tsunami zone
- Residents may have forgotten that the development is sitting on a pool of natural methane. ( Big LA scandal years ago)
- I was politically opposed to this development since it encroached on the delicate Wetlands area. I feel like a turn coat.
- The park is big on both the small dog and large dog side.
- The water fountain is raised to minimize Mud Dawg creations
- The sandy gravel makes poop highly visible
- Pooper scoopers do not create excess garbage ( i.e. poop bags)
- Segregated entrances for big and little dogs
- Time out area for naughty big dogs that get into fights
- Located within large city park with lots of facilities. Also possible use for a huge full family outing that includes skate park, playground, hiking, basketball, walking and climbing to the top of the hill for amazing city views.
- Amazing city views possible at the Dog park.
- Our morning friends frequent the park
- Boneyard was created through a grass roots campaign by local Culver City Friends of Animals Group. My democratic tendencies sensibilities feel comfortable here. Power to the People and their pets!
- Culver City Police Department frequent drive bys and ( donut breaks in the parking lot next to the dog park)
- Little shade
- Sandy and dusty
- Hot when it’s hot and cold when it’s cold
- Owners who don’t pick up poop ( However, from my reading about all the Dog parks everyone has this problem.)
- Small crime problem in the parking lot. ( Car break ins. Not to me but others have told me stories. This may be going down with the increased patrols of CCPD. )
Faithful as Fido
Clearly, there is nothing objective about my listing of pros and cons. The bottom line is that I love the Boneyard. I am a Culver City Resident with a licensed Culver City Dog. I am as loyal to my city as to my dog. I’ll visit Oberrieder Dog Park. It’s got some good points, but our hearts will be with Opies’s very first dog park, where people have noticed Opie’s improvement in socialization. They remember when he used to hide under my bench, when he didn’t engage with any dogs at all, when he was possessive and wouldn’t let another dog near me and the boys. They noticed when he fetched for the first time, when he started playing and when he was friendly and easy with everyone in the park — male and female! So, I’m loyal. We’ll go the new parks, but we’ll be checking on the Boneyard and agitating against PXP ( Don’t get me started on them! ) to make our park safe for two legged and four legged park goers.
- Methane gas closes Culver City dog park (latimesblogs.latimes.com)