K-9 'Cubby' new name for city's dog park

Honors first Pleasanton Police Department on-duty K-9

We have a new dog park in Pleasanton, and Cubby's is its name.

After perusing more than 300 names suggested in the city's dog park naming contest, the City Council last Tuesday chose "Cubby's Dog Park" as the winning entry. The name honors Cubby, the city's first K-9 dog engaged for duty by the Pleasanton Police Department. Cubby will be recognized on a plaque and sign posted at the $300,000 park when it opens next month at Lagoon Road and Bernal Avenue.

Officially known as the Bernal Property Off-Leash Dog Park project, it's been in the works since the city acquired the 138 acres that are now known as the Bernal Community Park.

At the time, dog owners lobbied the council to include a second dog park on the land to add to the woefully under-sized and over-used narrow dog park strip at the far end of Muirwood Park. But either by intent or overlooked, when a previous council sent the Bernal Park plans to voters for approval, a dog park was not included.

Fast-forward to a number of subsequent council meetings when a newly elected council got the message and asked Susan Andrade-Wax, director of community services, and the Parks and Recreation Commission to find a place for a new dog park. Their work, now under construction, will be the fenced-in park on a 1.5-acre site at the staging area of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail with separate runs and toys for large and small dogs.

Both areas will have drinking fountains, shade structures, seating, trees with protective barriers, trash receptacles and dog waste stations. The large dog area will include dog play equipment, including a seesaw, hoops and a jumping stand.

Naming the park was almost as exasperating for the naming contest screening committee as it has been for the owners of 26,800 licensed dogs in Pleasanton (and who knows how many more there are without licenses) over the years.

Among the committee's top favorites were Amador-Bernal Dog Park, Bark Park, Happy Trails, Paws to Play, Pooch Paradise and Pup-Town Life. There were many others that didn't make the final cut, including Bark Alley, Barking Lot, Bernal Buddies, Pooches Playland, Mutt Manor, Murphy's Tails, Canine Campus and Happy Hounds Hangout.

When opened, Pleasanton's new dog park will measure up to some of the better-known canine parks in the country, including Houston's Millie dog park, named for Millie Bush, the English Springer Spaniel who shared the White House with George and Barbara Bush. We'll still be a bit shy of Richmond's Point Isabel Dog Park, a 23-acre off-leash park that even has a gourmet cafe, appropriately named "Sit and Stay."

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Posted by Smuchs
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

Will this park have grass in it? We found in Livermore that a lot of dogs are not fans of bark.

Very excited to see another place to play!!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

"At the time, dog owners lobbied the council to include a second dog park on the land to add to the woefully under-sized and over-used narrow dog park strip at the far end of Muirwood Park. "

The dog park strip at Muirwood part is "over-used"? Is this a Jeb Bing joke? Hardly anyone takes their dogs to that pathetic bark-filled dog park strip. Agree with the previous commenter: They should have grass in this new dog park. If not, then they wasted everyone's time and money in building it.

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Posted by Get some manners
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

Now that the taxpayers have forked over $300K for dog owners does the city plan to enforce the leash laws in town? Your dog may NOT be off leash in the parks, may NOT be off leash on the sidewalks, may NOT be off leash at First Wednesdays and may NOT be off leash in restaurants and stores in town. In fact, leave your dog at home once in a while and give the rest of us a break. Your so called "service animal" is wearing a fake sign that you got on eBay and many of us are sick to death of seeing and smelling your dog everywhere. Get a grip, it's a dog, not a human.

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Posted by Howard T
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Oct 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

When will Cubby Dog Park open?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 10, 2016 at 11:53 am

I stepped in dog poo yesterday near the tennis courts at Muirwood Park and I was extremely confused since dogs must be on their leash in that area and dog owners ALWAYS clean up after their best friend. I found other piles in the same area. I'm sure the new dog park will keep this from happening anymore...

Don't kids play football and soccer in that area? I'm sure parents take their toddlers there to play in the grass. Are dog owners really that insensitive?

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Posted by Follows the leash law
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

I am a responsible dog owner and ALWAYS follow the leash laws.

The problem with many other Pleasanton dog owners is they think ALL Pleasanton parks are dog parks and let their dogs off leash.

The last time I went to the Muirwood Dog Park, I was the only dog owner using the fenced area - 4 other dog owners had their dos running loose in the rest of the park.

Our animal control officer can't keep up with all of the law breakers - she tried very hard.

Our mayor and City Council members even joke that you can't go to a city park without seeing dogs off leash.

As will cell phones, yielding to bike riders, yielding to pedestrians in cross walks, etc....the citizens of Pleasanton think they are the most important thing in the world and don't really care how they negatively impact their fellow citizens. This is a city of selfish, self important jerks.

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Posted by Rocky
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Rocky is a registered user.

This is in response to "Get some manners",

For all those who find dogs attendance offensive at community events, I hope your not the same people that think it's not offensive to brings screaming out of control children into restaurants where we pay good money to have a nice quiet dinner or on an airplane (considering the fees you have just paid), when you have a sceaming child on the plane. In response to leave your dogs home might you consider leaving your children home......its all so ridiculous and unkind we all have to exercise patience and kindness "Get so manners" person!

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Posted by Joe Streng
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Joe Streng is a registered user.

I'm on the Parks and Recreation Commission and I want to assure everyone that the new dog park has a fabricated wood chip that is very good for dog paws. We actually felt the chips during a meeting and they are very smooth, unlike the wood chips at the other park. We were unable to put grass in the park because of the massive amount of water it would take to maintain, but more importantly, because it doesn't last due to the amount of use it receives by the dogs. The new park will open on Nov. 5 and we hope to see you there!

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