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Dogs, owners check out new park

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Rocklin’s first dog park “unofficially” opened last week at Johnson-Springview Park. With the fence and gates in place, several dog-owners and their canine companions checked out the new playground on Friday morning. Lisa DiPinto and her dog, Lily, were among the first visitors to the park. “Lily chases the ball,” DiPinto laughed, “but she doesn’t always bring it back.” Brandon Hoffman and his black Lab, Buddy, were also early visitors. “We are finally getting a dog park,” said Hoffman, who lives a couple of blocks away. “Walking my dog was good, but letting him exercise here is great.” More than 30 volunteers spent the morning filling squirrel holes at the dog’s playground. “They pose a serious hazard to both dogs and humans,” warned Vicki Bottini-Curtis, founder of RRUFF (Rocklin Residents United For Fido). “Please be careful.” She went on to praise Mike Bouchard, who designed the park and organized Friday’s work party. “Without his dedication this past year, the park would still be on the drawing board,” said Bottini-Curtis. “We have a secure facility to let our dogs run and play!” Construction of a 12-foot by 12-foot concrete pad in the large and small dog areas as well as a couple of small dog pools should be in place by Jan. 12. Drainage inlets will be installed in the center of each pad with the drainage going underground. A grand opening celebration is being planned, Bottini-Curtis reported. RRUFF membership dues will cover ongoing maintenance and purchase of supplies to keep the park clean, Bottini-Curtis said. There are three levels of membership: associate at $10 per year; 4 Paws at $25 per year; and Top Dog at $100 per year. Membership applications will be available at the park or online at rruff.vpweb.com. ~ Gloria Beverage and Daryl Stinchfield