Woof! Wooof! – a CicLAvia note to pets and their human friends
For all you dogs reading out there: CicLAvia is a great place for walking your human friends around! There’s no cars to chase, though, promise. Best to stay on leash at the event, so your human doesn’t walk too slowly.
There are a couple of muy especial places on the route that pets and pet owners might want to visit: First Congregational Church’s Blessing of the Animals and downtown’s new dog park!
If you’re out near the east end of the CicLAvia route, you’ll want to take a sniff or two at downtown’s brand new off-leash dog park – just opened on September 17th 2010! It’s on 4th Street at Molino Street – in the downtown Arts District, next to SCI-Arc and the 4th Street Bridge. If you like what you smell there, maybe extend your leash to the Downtown Dog Park’s Facebook Page.
Closer to the west end of the route, there’s First Congregational Church’s Blessing of the Animals. First Congregational, one of the many great houses of worship along the route, invites all turtles, parakeets, cockatoos, gerbils, etc., and, por supuesto, cats and dogs – to a unique outdoor service. It takes place at 11am at First Congregational Church, located conveniently on the CicLAvia route, at the corner of 6th Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The address is 540 South Commonwealth Avenue, L.A. 90020.
Each animal will receive a personal blessing and pet owners will have the chance to mingle with their neighbors at a fun reception with treats for all species. First Congretational Church welcomes everyone, even pets of other faiths, or pets who’ve had frustrating experiences with organized religious institutions. They are having a reception afterward for anyone wanting to dogleg on by.
(Shhhh! on this one – we’re thinking of sneaking into the Blessing of the Animals event bringing our stuffed animal doggy and hoping nobody notices, just to get in and take a look at the dazzling interiors of this architecturally-wonderful 1932 Gothic Revival church building. Don’t tell anyone.)