Culver City dog park the Boneyard closed following discovery of low levels of methane gas


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Culver City off-leash dog park the Boneyard has been closed until further notice after the discovery of low levels of methane gas there.

A report last week of water seepage in the area of the park reserved for large dogs prompted the methane discovery.


The city’s irrigation crew, Plains Exploration & Production Co. and the State Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources have investigated, but ‘a final determination of the cause of the seepage has not been made and the investigation continues,’ city officials said in a statement.

Outside experts ‘concluded that the very low concentrations of methane do not pose a risk to public health or safety,’ the statement continued, but the park is off limits to the public to allow for further investigation and any necessary repairs. The park’s website now features a prominent notice of its temporary closure and notes that an announcement will be made when it is reopened.

The Boneyard has been a popular spot for Culver City-area dog owners since it opened in 2006. It is located on Duquesne Avenue in Culver City Park, south of Jefferson Boulevard.

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