The city of Santa Monica will pay tribute to the late Herb Katz’s love of dogs by dedicating the off-leash dog area at Joslyn Park in honor of the former mayor and longtime city councilman.

Katz, who served on the City Council from 1984 to 1996 and 2000 to 2008, passed away in January 2009. He also served as a member of the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Board, the Pier Restoration Corporation and the Bayside District Corporation.

A dedication ceremony for the Herb Katz Dog Park is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 5 at Joslyn Park, 633 Kensington Road, Santa Monica.

“Herb loved his community and his dogs,” Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom said.

“Herb loved that dog parks allowed people to socialize while their dogs romped around. The parks provided Herb with an avenue to chat with folks in a way that transcends politics. He would be very pleased to know that he is being remembered in this way.”

Katz was well known at the off-leash dog area at Joslyn Park, where he would bring his two dogs every morning, city officials said. He was a strong advocate for creating a small dog area within the dog park, as well as championing a high level of maintenance and improved amenities. Following his passing, the community expressed overwhelming support for dedication of the dog park in his honor.

“Herb loved his dogs and got great pleasure taking them to the dog park. But most of all, it was getting to know the people that were exercising their dogs there,” said City Councilman Bob Holbrook. “I would have never guessed that years ago when I was a paperboy at what was then the Joslyn Estate that one day a dog park on the site would be dedicated to my dear friend Herb Katz.”

The ceremony will include brief remarks, followed by music and light refreshments. The public is welcome to attend. Parking in the area is limited and participants are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool.

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