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City Council Oks new dog park near I-680 off ramp at Bernal

1.5-acre site will be Pleasanton's 2nd off-leash park to serve city's 26,800 dogs

Pleasanton's 26,800 dogs could have a better place to romp later this year thanks to City Council's unanimous decision to spend $600,000 to construct a new dog park near the Marilyn Kane Trail just off Bernal Avenue and West Lagoon Road.

The 1.5-acre dog park will include fenced and separated dog play areas for small and large dogs, dog drinking fountains, shade structures, seating for dog owners, trees, trash receptacles and dog waste stations. The large dog area will also have some agility structures, including a seesaw, hoops and a jumping stand.

The dog park will be landscaped with drought tolerant plants.

As part of the anticipated increased use of the walking trail and dog park, the adjacent Marilyn Murphy Kane trail parking lot will be expanded from its current 13 spaces to 25.

The council awarded the construction contract to Cleary Bros. Landscape, Inc. for the base bid amount of $545,291.

The total construction cost is estimated to be around $600,000.

A total of $400,000 has been set aside for the project in the Capital Improvement Program budget and $7,350 was donated by Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Nancy Allen, an avid dog walker. The remaining $192,650 will be appropriated from the City's In-Lieu Park Dedication Reserve Fund.

Construction is slated to begin in May, and it is anticipated that the park will be open later in the year.

This will be Pleasanton's second dog park and also larger than the one in Muirwood Park and I-680.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:31 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Do they count dogs in the Census?


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

Are they going to plant grass for the dogs to romp on?


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Posted by Rex
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

WOOF! WOOF!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

@Steven : "Are they going to plant grass for the dogs to romp on?"

I hope so. Hope that the planning people took a hint from the unpopularity of the Muirwood dog park with nothing but wood chips on the ground and decided to put in some grass this time.


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Posted by save the water
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

They better NOT plant any grass there. Those of us who have given up our lawns in order to save water will not tolerate the waste of watered grass just for dogs to poop on.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

@save the water

I believe that Pleasanton Parks (and the dog park, too) all use recycled water.


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Posted by Not a dog lover
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Money spent that could go to the homeless and children that are hungry...........


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Posted by Sal Donovan
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Wonderful, and there are those who want to oppose the Costco development. We need businesses like these to help offset the dog park. The park doesn't bring in revenue, it is just money pit.


9 people like this
Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

"The park doesn't bring in revenue, it is just money pit."

Yes, we should get rid of all parks. And any piece of land that does not bring in revenue. The ridge line? Huge potential for revenue. Get ridge of those parks on the ridge that just suck money from the region.

Oh, and we don't want Costco....because...well, we don't know why, byt just because.


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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Apr 24, 2016 at 7:45 am

Me too,

Eventually those ridge lines will go also. Just look at Dublin. They will have to go because we need the money.


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

I looked at the plans for the dog park and it appears there will be no grass for the dogs to play on. 1.5 acres of dogs kicking up hot dusty wood chips is not acceptable.
This will be a total waste of taxpayers money because nobody will take their dog there. Check out the Muirwood dog park!! Ask any veterinarian about the hazards of dogs running and playing on wood chips. I wish the city had asked for input from the citizens about the layout and design. We need to start a petition immediately to stop this project.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Muirwood is a perfect example of a useless dog park. Wood chips are awful for paws and difficult for owners to walk on, let alone for cleaning up after their pets.


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Posted by save the water
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm

If you want grass for your dogs then how about YOU paying for the grass and the laying of the water pipes and the actual water. The rest of us have to put up with your dogs being taken everywhere as it is, your special little doggie park is up to you to pay for.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

@Steven :"I looked at the plans for the dog park and it appears there will be no grass for the dogs to play on. 1.5 acres of dogs kicking up hot dusty wood chips is not acceptable."

I hope that you're wrong. If it doesn't have grass, then it's a failure as a dog park.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Save, there is some income from pets; they have to be licensed by the city. Someone else pointed out the park will use purple pipes. I am willing to pay when I go to the park; it's worth it if it is indeed a decent park. You should be more upset that a park with bark will get built and not be used.


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Posted by Joeby
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 26, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Joeby is a registered user.

I checked with the Park and Rec department and the surface will be an engineered wood chip. I've actually felt it and it's very different than the usual wood chips you find. Lots of dog parks are using it because it's really easy on dog paws and is easy to clean up and replace. The city couldn't install grass because it would be impossible to keep alive and it would have required a lot of water. Dublin had grass at their dog park and wound up replacing it.


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