WEST HOLLYWOOD—Two new dog parks have opened in the city of West Hollywood. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on January 13 to celebrate the new facilities.

“The opening of dog parks at West Hollywood Park is an exciting milestone for the progress being made on many wonderful improvements underway at the park,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “We’re thrilled to provide a new amenity for our residents and their dogs, and we’re all looking forward to forthcoming park features, such as the Aquatic and Recreation Center, currently under construction.”

According to a press release from Joshua Schare, Communications Manager for the city of West Hollywood, the off-leash dog parks are located on either side of West Hollywood Park’s outdoor basketball courts. The new small dog area consists of 4,250 square feet, and is located to the west of the courts; the new large dog area consists of 7,350 square feet and is located to the east of the courts. Each dog park has open space with shade trees, small mounds and turf terraces for romping, and water stations.

Implementation of improvements for Phase II of the West Hollywood Park Master Plan began in January 2017 and construction is expected to last through 2019. This phase includes the construction of a new five-level, 75,000-square-foot Aquatic and Recreation Center; a “Robertson Gardens” area with public art, new picnic areas, and an outdoor exercise circuit for adults throughout the park; and new playgrounds for children.

The park will feature an AIDS Monument, which will be located within the park’s expanded green spaces along N. San Vicente Boulevard. The park is open throughout construction and every existing park facility will remain open until after each new improvement is completed and available. For additional information, visit www.weho.org/whparkproject.

In addition to the two new dog parks at West Hollywood Park, the city operates the William S. Hart Park and Off-Leash Dog Park located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue. For more information, contact the city of West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works at (323) 848-6375. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, call TTY (323) 848-6496.