Laurel Canyon Park was permanently designated a part-time, leash-free dog park--the city's first--by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission on Monday, but champions of canine rights still used the occasion to scold the city for ignoring pet owners' needs.
The commission action ended a two-year experiment in letting dogs run free at the Laurel Canyon facility, located just south of Mulholland Drive in Councilman Michael Woo's district.
Under the program approved Monday, the hours of leash-free use of the park are unchanged: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. until park closing daily. At other times, dogs must be leashed.
Before the vote, two leaders of the fight to make Laurel Canyon Park a haven for free-running dogs criticized the city.