Hardy Dog Park: New Look, New Group

Friday, December 12, 2014

Popular Hardy Dog Park is getting a makeover. Following a two-year donation campaign by Scenic Streets, enough money was raised to begin improvements to the park. The long awaited renovations are being reviewed by the city.

Work will begin sometime this winter. The renovations will enhance and beautify the park, make better use of the space, and fix basic safety issues. Highlights include improved drainage, play surface and watering stations; a small dog play area; durable and comfortable seating; ADA compliant upgrades; and landscaping to add shade-loving plants and shrubs. See the proposed plan at ScenicStreets.org (click on the Hardy Dog Park tab).

With renovations comes a new Hardy Dog Park Group. The group's initial meeting was held late in October. The first order of business was to spruce up the existing park with a Cleanup Day on November 11.

The dog park was raked, swept, and cleaned of papers, old balls, litter and other debris inside and outside the park. Hardy Dog Park users donated stainless steel water bowls to replace old plastic bowls at water spigots, as well as a fresh supply of poop bags and new balls. The "hardy" workers, including HDPG members, their families and dogs, and volunteers, transformed the park in just an hour. Dog park users voiced their delight and appreciation for the clean park, and also left written messages: "Thank you so much to those who cleaned the park. It looks great."

An HDPG meeting was held early in December. The next group meeting will be Tuesday, January 6, 7 p.m. at 5500 Vicente Way, Oakland (around the corner from the Colombo Club). A Cleanup Day is scheduled for Sunday, January 11 at 11 a.m.

Hardy Dog Park Group is seeking additional members. All are welcome at the meetings and Cleanup Days. Hardy Dog Park Group will continue to schedule cleanups at the park as renovation work is pending and after renovations are complete.

For meeting location, questions, additional information or to be added to the Hardy Dog Park Group email list, contact Lauralj24@gmail.com or Chehies@gmail.com. To make a year-end tax deductible donation to the Hardy Dog Park renovation project, visit ScenicStreets.org.