After seven years of planning, fundraising and watching their beloved community of canine friends grow from pups to middle age, “grey in their muzzle” companions, the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild can finally celebrate an off leash dog park in Cameron Park, the first on the western slope of El Dorado County.
Ground broke Nov. 11 and a fence was installed later that week on the half-acre site in Hacienda Park, located at the northeast corner of Cameron Park Drive and Hacienda Drive.
“Thank you to Golden State Fence that gave us such a fabulous deal with superior products and an amazingly efficient work crew,” said EDDOG vice president Sue Hawkes. “And thank you to Cameron Park Community Services District for their partnership over the years, local businesses who made donations to our many fundraisers and park infrastructure materials, Eagle Scouts for their many hours of dedicated work, our volunteers who have helped at so many events and to the EDDOG board members, past and present, for their hard work, tenacity and endurance.”
A “leash cutting” ceremony EDDOG and CPCSD board members will be held in December (date to be determined) and an official grand opening celebration is planned for spring.
The Hacienda dog park cost an estimated $45,000, Hawkes said, with the fence an estimated $23,000 alone. “We removed dead and dying oak trees and planted new ones,” she explained. “We planted grass, put in an irrigation system, poured cement pads for benches, refurbished the stone benches and built a shed to house the irrigation controller, but many volunteers, including Eagle Scouts helped offset these costs.”
EDDOG is a 501[c]3 institution and needs to raise funds for additional amenities — benches and water fountains. Residents and businesses are encouraged to purchase memorial bricks to place at the entrance. Direct donations may also be made by visiting EDDOG.org.
CPCSD Director Vicky Neibauer had high praise for its newest park. “Congratulations to EDDOG for all their hard work,” she said. “I took our dog to the park for the first time last evening and we had a blast. It is truly beautiful and the park seems popular already as it was very full in the afternoon. We had to come back to get a parking space later in the evening. I love it!”
The Hacienda Dog Park is open from dawn until dusk.
Next up for EDDOG? An El Dorado Hills dog park scheduled to break ground in spring 2014 in conjunction with El Dorado Hills Community Services District field renovations.