Did You Know?
Stan was donated to the City by an Island couple to commemorate their engagement. Stan represents their very personal story. The couple's dog was the reason for their walks in Luther Burbank Park. One lovely summer evening, after enjoying the off leash area of the park, the couple and their dog made their way to a bench to enjoy the beautiful sunset by the water's edge. It was here that the marriage proposal happened. While Stan's installation and presence in the park memorializes this couple's very special love story, it could also represent the beginning of many young couple's families. Often new families begin with a couple and their dog – their "first baby." Stan can be seen as a symbol of the spirit of family, which our Island treasures, and the sense of community that dogs and dog parks promote. Stan stands watch over our Island families and their canine family members, and if you lean into him close enough, you may even hear a little yelp of the exclamation, "Yes!"