BEVERLY HILLS—On May 3, community members of Beverly Hills broke ground for Beverly Hills’ first ever dog park, according to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills. The off-leash dog park is scheduled to open late summer 2016 with separate sections for small and large dogs.

The ground was broken by city officials of Beverly Hills with hundreds of community members in attendance on the 300 block of Foothill Road. People who were in attendance included Beverly Hills residents, the Recreation and Parks Commission staff, the City Council, and plenty of dogs. People who attended the groundbreaking ceremony posted their excitement on Facebook.

“This Really Happened!! Over 10 years of trying to get a Dog Park in Beverly Hills. We had the most fabulous well attended Ground Breaking! My Heart is bursting with gratitude to our community who made this happen! Opening end of summer, this will be a community gem,” said Lili Bosse of the City Council on her Facebook page.

The city allocated $600,000 to conduct soil remediation and build a base park. The $186,000 of donations that have been made thus far will go towards park enhancements such as additional trees, benches, supplemental landscaping and agility features. Construction is to begin immediately with soil remediation.

“Dogs bring people together.  Not only will a dog park give our pets a place to run free and socialize, but it will become a place for us to get to know our neighbors better.  We need it as much as they do,” said Mayor John Mirisch.

Donations are still being accepted. To make a donation or to find out more information on the dog park visit