If there's one thing people go nuts for in the Arts District (besides coffee), it's dogs, and the neighborhood did not react well when the Arts District Dog Park started charging for access ($60 for a six-month key; only seven people bought them). But now a group of locals have all chipped in and promised $13,500 to keep the park operating, with the stipulation that the park has to remain open and free to all, reports the Downtown News. The keys had been an attempt to defray the $4,000-a-year cost to operate the park, which became difficult for the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, a group that only took on the task after former operators, the Arts District Business Improvement District, was forced to disband. The donations, from both residents and businessowners, should now keep the park open for at least three years. The 6,000-square-foot dog run opened in 2010 after a local family donated the land; it quickly became one of the few neighborhood gathering spots where no purchase is required.
· Money Pours In to Keep Arts District Dog Park Open [DN]
· Pet Owners Have to Pay $60 to Use the Arts District Dog Park [Curbed LA]