DLBA to Install Seven Animal Waste Bag Dispensers in Downtown Area

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(credit: EPKvision) Downtown residents and DLBA staff celebrate the installation of an animal waste bag dispenser in the East Village Arts District. From left: Patricia Zaid and Coco, Liz Campbell and Gunner, Stefanie Gillett, DLBA Residential Coordinator, Tyler Kim, DLBA Economic Development Coordinator, and Chloe, Rebecca Dragula and Emma, Julie Korinke, DLBA Communications Manager, Weston LaBar and Tyson.

Recognizing the demand from a growing population of residents with dogs, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will fund and install seven animal waste bag dispensers throughout Downtown Long Beach as part of a one year Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) pilot program. The dispensers are intended to provide an added convenience to local pet owners and to help keep Downtown streets clean.

“During our Community Grant process conducted earlier this year, we received three separate proposals to add animal waste bag dispensers throughout the Downtown,” shared Ryan Altoon, CIP Committee Chair. “Rather than fund three separate projects, we decided to manage one program that provided consistency throughout the community and identified areas of greatest need.”

To identify locations with larger dog populations and higher community demand, the DLBA circulated a survey where stakeholders could suggest dispenser sites. From these results, seven top locations were selected and brought to the CIP Committee for approval. In August, the CIP Committee allocated $10,000 to fund the pilot program for one year. The dispensers are located at 8th and Pine, 5th and Daisy, 5th and Pine 4th and Elm, 3rd and Chestnut, Broadway and Pine, and 1st and Linden.

“We will evaluate the usefulness, maintenance cost, and demand for these dispensers during the next year and expand the program, if warranted,” added Kraig Kojian, President & CEO of the DLBA. “Since residents were included as part of the Property Based Improvement District (PBID) renewal last year, I believe we will see more residents focused on improvement projects like this one in the future.”

To learn more about this project or other CIP programs, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call 562-436-4259.

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