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.