I searched a [UC Davis] website for California suggested guidelines for Dog Parks.
I then compared the documents from the city of Mission Viejo, Planned Development Permit PDP2011-238, and found what would be included in this proposed dog park. I also compared the information, details and sketch on the MV Dog Park website:
And I conclude that the City has laid out some of the detail but very little. There is a beautiful sketch with beautiful colors on the MVDog park website, but no timeline of completion and no accountable list of exactly what is included.
Since the permit document was sent out (2011), and the current Dog Park Financial details from the City Planner, I question why the City Council would want to approve spending that kind of money to construct “a gravel parking lot, turf, irrigation, sidewalks and some fencing”. (What kind of fencing? Is it to city code?) “We have told council that landscape will come through volunteer efforts.”
This is no comparison to the suggested Dog Park guidelines, or the planned development permit or the dog park sketch. I think we should all be concerned.
With deciding whether to spend approximately $860,000 or more, this dog park should be the “shrine” of Dog parks. Not the rag/tag plan for a low budget, volunteer project.
I am not against a dog park. However, I am against a dog park that is this expensive to construct, with few posted details and sounds like we’ll need to rely on volunteers to maintain it. This proposed Dog Park will definitely impact our community with unintended costs. The proposed walking trails around the Dog Park will intersect with our Quail Run perimeter property, common areas, landscape, irrigation and our beautiful park.
I disagree that this project will enhance our Quail Run curb appeal. I am also very concerned about the proposed sight of the dog park thinking, I am sure that there will be people who visit the park that will use/ enjoy the park and the surroundings as intended, I also think that there are many others that will take their dogs behind my neighborhood on the path that runs on the ridge along O’Neil Park. There is easy access along this ridge from the dog park to our neighborhood and our park within Quail Run. My fear is that some who come to the park will decide they would like to investigate further into the area by walking along the trail and enter our neighborhood and park, which we pay for in our monthly HOA.
Once dog park visitors and others (perhaps less desirable) have investigated the area around our neighborhood park, it could lead to them frequenting the area and coming into the park that is dedicated to the homeowners and their families of Quail Run.
Council Members, please vote no on this park location and listen to the people who live next to and across from this proposed dog park – not to those that want to drive here to walk their dog.