This year 2016 has flown by very quickly. All of us serving on the board of directors still miss Kat Spofford, our past president, who returned to Houston, Texas, to be close to her family.
When I took the reins as president this past January, I had big shoes to fill. Numerous items pending with Los Angeles City Recreations and Parks have been very trying because of constant transfers of personnel and other political issues. We need tree trimming in the small dog area and our fences need urgent attention. We need new ground cover and some more shade. Finally, the trash cans have been emptied more regularly, eliminating odor.
Our volunteer organization has planted some new trees and surrounded the bases with river rock for protection; we continue providing pooper scoopers (which seem to keep disappearing); fill dispensers with poop bags (which are pilfered quickly) and water the young trees weekly (buckets are also removed regularly?) It is truly hard to keep the park supplied and we would appreciate your vigilance and intervention when you observe negative behavior by patrons. Also, please feel free to speak up if you observe an unneutered or aggressive animal inside the park. Everyone will appreciate it and phone number to call for assistance are posted on the signage. Remember, the more often we report, the more attention we will be getting from the authorities.
Finally, February 2017 promises to be an exciting month. We are partnering with Best Friends Animal Society and Los Angeles Animal Services to bring another pet fair to Hermon Dog Park. We are in the process of obtaining the permits and will keep you posted. So far we have commitments from several adoption agencies, free spay/neuter mobile unit, low cost vaccinations and wellness clinic, as well as other pet related businesses and foundations.
We are enclosing an envelope to request your kind support in our endeavours and appreciate your past assistance. Please check our Facebook page and consider serving on our board of directors or volunteering.
URSULA BROWN, President