A four-member advisory panel has been established. Its members are volunteers from the dog park community, and its purpose is to facilitate the flow of information between the park users and the Parks department and to assist with occasional special projects.
In addition to being the catalyst for Hollister’s first dog park, HDOG will also advocate responsible dog ownership as we believe that the two work hand-in-hand.
Our mission is to establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where all well-behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property, or wildlife. To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of
To promote facilities that appeal to many facets of the population to improve utilization and benefits to all residents. To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible dog ownership and better-behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and professional dog trainers.
Our hope is that the city will be able to assist in the developement and maintenance of the park as much as possible. At the very minimum we are asking for help in any necessary grading of land, water for irrigation and fountains and weekly trash pick up.
We do not see our function ending with the implementation of the park. We intend to participate in monitoring the park for cleanliness and safety and educating the public on responsible dog ownership. We will have a group of volunteer “Ambassadors” that will help with the park maintenance as well as “self policing” the park for park rule violators.
The current unofficial dog park at Frank Klauer is utilized by dozens of people. There is no shade, no water, no separated small and large dog areas, no secure double gated entry, and no rules.
What we would like to see in our new park is a much more safe, secure and comfortable setting for everyone. We will have a separate area for small and older, less-active dogs, benches, water fountains for both dogs and humans, waste bag dispensers, trash receptacles, an inner perimeter walking path, and a secure, double gated entry area. We will also have a bulletin board at the entrance that will post announcements, rules, and other dog related communications.
We believe that having such a park will encourage many more local dog owners to bring their dogs to the park.
We are very hopeful that we will be able to get many of the items needed for the park donated by local businesses and dog lovers.
We have many park goers that have offered their trade skills. We have electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and contractors.
Research has found references to the absolutely indispensable role local dog owners themselves play in the success of an off-leash recreational area.
Few municipalities can afford to pay for policing a dog park properly, and no city official could be expected to manage a dog park single-handedly in addition to his or her regular job load. In virtually every case studied, the success of the local park depended on a coalition of local dog owners – the people with the most to gain, or lose, by how well a particular park is run.
In every instance, dog owners have said they didn't just use the dog park, they also felt an ownership of it. They worked together with everyone else interested in dogs to adopt the slate of rules appropriate for their area, to spread information about how to use the park safely, and to encourage one another to keep the area clean and pleasant. In town after town, these are the people who constantly assess the condition of the dog park, pinpoint needed improvements, and figure out how to obtain them.
United in their efforts to manage the local dog park, dog lovers can also invite speakers to the area - experienced trainers, groomers, veterinarians, for instance — to learn more about caring for their animals. In ways like these, the value of the volunteer organization could extend well beyond the dog park.
Dog owners allied with other dog owners could also bolster the city's efforts to keep dogs around town safely on leashes and to keep the streets and sidewalks clean. Those of us out walking our dogs every day are among the first to notice when other dog handlers don't clean up after their animals.
Of course, the converse is also true: without a strong coalition of dog owners behind a local dog park it may be doomed to fail. Studies have not found any case histories of unsuccessful dog parks, but it stands to reason that no one would take his or her dog to an unsafe or unhealthy area, and it is difficult to imagine how a park could thrive without the cooperation of everyone involved.
Clearly the single most important component of a local dog park is the volunteer group of dog owners who oversee it.
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Hollister Dog Owner's Group
1760F Airline Highway #191
Hollister, CA 95023
Message phone: (831) 636- 4809Email: TheHollisterDog@aol.com