Dog Park Story Gone South

Lincoln Park Sign

This little story started out on Facebook.
Even though social media isn’t all that social in my opinion, it does help you stay connected with friends far and near and keeps you updated on what they are up to. One of my Facebook friends is very passionate about a certain city park, Lincoln Park.

The other day I decided to visit the dog park in down town Long Beach. Not with our own German Shepherds, but just by myself. The goal was to get inspired to write my next column about our city’s dog parks. For some reason, and I don’t mind at all, I run into people that I know around town all the time.

Lincoln Park Images

I was at the dog park at Lincoln Park, which is located on Pacific and Broadway, right next to the main library, and saw Allison Kripp coming from the library.

She asked me what I was up to and told me that Lincoln Park is one of her favorite places in Long Beach.

The park is the oldest park in the city, it was founded in 1897 as Lincoln Park. Before that it was known as Pacific Park. It’s always been a green spot in our city that has seen ups and downs over the years.

Lincoln Park Images

Allison is involved with revitalizing the park with events like “Picnic in the Park” at which time tables, chairs and umbrellas are put in the park, and local businesses, artists and musicians can promote themselves while the public can enjoy a picnic, “Free & Fit”, “Yappy Hour” to promote the dog park, and coming up real soon a free bicycle repair workshop on Feb 8th from 10-11am. Actually all these events are FREE.

Allison showed me around the park and, shame on me, I saw things I never noticed before. The park is now called Lincoln Park, and on Pacific at the entrance you will find a statue of Lincoln. I apologize for the seagull, it did not want to fly away.