The city of Patterson reopened the dog park March 1 at 16651 Ward Ave. It had been closed for eight months to allow upgrades to accommodate people with disabilities. The upgrades were planned when the city realized that the new American Disabilities Act had stricter accessibility laws.
“The dog park has undergone some major renovations, including wheelchair-accessible pathway from the ball diamonds, relocated and updated dog and human drinking fountains, a new accessible picnic table, a new pooper-scooper dispenser and an accessible parking stall,” said Adrienne Chaney, parks and recreation director.
Patterson resident Karen Willard, who takes her dog, Poppy, to the park, said she was happy to have it open again.
“What I like is the opportunity for my dog to meet other dogs in a safe environment,” Willard said. “I love the little agility course they put in and the dog-friendly dinking fountain. But, I do wish other dog owners could respect everyone else and pick up after their dog with the bags provided.”
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At a glance
Chaney said the dog park has the following rules to keep all users safe.
• The off-leash dog area is for dogs and their handlers and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed.
• All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated and should wear a visible dog license.
• No puppies younger than 4 months old can be in the park.
• No female dogs in heat are allowed.
• Dogs must be leashed when entering or exiting the off-leash dog area.
• Handlers must have control of their dogs and keep them in sight at all times.
• No spiked collars are allowed.
• Children 8 years old and younger are not allowed in the off-leash dog area.
• Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Handlers must be at least 16 years old.
• Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.
• Each handler can have one or two dogs at the park, no more.
• If a dog defecates, its handler must clean up after it.
• Handlers must fill any holes dug by dogs under their control.
• Neither food nor drinks in glass containers are allowed. Training treats are allowed.
• Dogs must be removed from the off-leash area at the first sign of aggression.
• No animals other than dogs are permitted in the area.
• Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by dogs under their control.
For information: Public Works Department, 895-8060.