Gayle Carter Dog Park
Location: 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, every day Size: .7 Acres The .7-acre ADA accessible dog park features perimeter fencing, double-gate entry, separation between large and small dog areas, a drinking fountain, benches and waste bag dispensers. The dog park opened on June 1, 2019.
On June 1, the Uptown Dog Park at Scherer Park was renamed in honor of Gayle Carter. Gayle Carter was a long-time supporter of the Uptown Dog Park since its opening in 2009 at Scherer Park, and was an advocate for animals and their human companions.
Gayle passed away in September 2017 and leaves a legacy of volunteerism, fundraising and setting an example of concern and compassion for animals and people that is best stated by the Long Beach Post’s obituary headline for her, “Always Everyone Before Her Self.”
She established the Friends of Uptown Dog Park and helped to open dog parks at Jackson and Coolidge Parks. She arranged for dog obedience and agility classes, and spay and neuter clinics to be held at the park. Her enthusiasm also led to fun community events such as wiener dog races, potlucks, canine fashion shows and photos with Santa. She was known for helping to raise money to help people experiencing homelessness take care of their dogs.
“The city is fortunate to have nine off leash dog recreation areas for people and their pets to play,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. The contributions of people like Gayle Carter who share their love of pets and their positive energy, make these places safe, fun and welcoming places for the community.”
“Her positive impact on the Uptown Dog Park and her work to educate and involve the community in issues related to responsible pet ownership make renaming this dog park in her honor, a natural way to honor her legacy,” said Councilman Al Austin.