Rad Lab Dog Park

Posted on December 24, 2013 | by Denny Oh

Dog owners in downtown San Diego are as common as yogis are in Encinitas, or as Range Rovers are in Del Mar, or as muffin-tops are in PB (don’t worry if you didn’t get that last one) – they’re everywhere, myself included.  Man’s best friend has been around for centuries and just because you don’t have a yard, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog.  However, it can be a little difficult, or perhaps inconvenient, not having a place you can walk to with your dog, taking him/her of the leash and letting them run around in a safe, clean, confined area with other pups.  Yes there are a few make shift dog parks downtown (the grass in front of the Gaslamp Marriott, Park at the Park, the school in Little Italy…), but there’s no real dog park.  Well, that may be changing…

A while back, some recent grads of the Newschool of Architecture successfully funded a Kickstarter project called Rad Lab.  Here’s a brief description from the Kickstarters…

“RAD LAB embraces the vast diversity of San Diego and encourages the rotation of new ideas and businesses including retail spaces inside retrofitted shipping containers. A large amount of outdoor activity space will be available that can be used for everyday gatherings of large public and private events. We look forward to offering a movie screen and dramatic concert space with the city skyline backdrop, a dog run, consistent farmers markets, movable furniture and green space underneath a unique canopy system. We will include a multi-use bar and kitchenette for catering and events, art installations that create an exciting urban environment and the continuous rotation of food trucks.”

I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t really look into this before so I  didn’t back it, but I will now!  I’ve always thought that San Diego needed to do a better job of taking advantage of our weather and just be a better city.  I’m glad to see that others feel the same way and are actually doing something about it.  I’m sure dog owners will love Rad Lab and other locals/visitors will appreciate Rad Lab as well. It sounds really cool and I hope it comes together.

ps – Happy Holidays!




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