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What's new at Rocklin's dog park?

RRUFF begins enhancements
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald and Press Tribune editor
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RRUFF Quarterly Meeting

What: Bring the family and your pooch. RRUFF Dog Park update, 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award, dental care workshop sponsored by Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, dog park Q&A

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Where: Pet Food Express, 1009 Galleria Blvd., Roseville

Info: 435-0196,

, www.rruffdogpark.org

 

People who noticed that Rocklin’s dog park was closed for a few days last week need not worry – the park is reopened, and now features a concrete walkway.

“We’re trying to make the park more usable,” explained Deborah Hayes, vice president of Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido.

MJB Homes spent Monday through Wednesday last week pouring concrete for the walkway, which runs about 60 feet from the entrance to the edge of the large dog park, ending at the water pad. The project also expanded the en-trance area. Two benches will be installed along the new path.

“Visually, it’s going to make it prettier,” said Vicki Bottini Curtis, RRUFF founder and board president. “Since it’s the first thing you see going in, it’s going to be the first visual – it’s not going to look like a big open field.”

The nearly $6,000 project is the first of a three-phase planned enhancement at the park. The second phase will install a pathway in the small dog area, down the fence line to the watering area there, and the third phase will improve the special-needs area, installing a drain in the concrete pad.

“The purpose of that will be to hold puppy classes,” Bottini Curtis explained. “The importance of having the drain in the concrete is that puppies need to be protected, so we can sanitize it.”

The final phases of the project are expected to cost between $7,000 and $8,000 to complete, paid for by RRUFF membership, donations and grants. The first phase funding included a $2,000 grant from The Nutro Company’s “Room to Run” program.

RRUFF has hit the ground running in 2013, with the park improvements and planned new programs, including “doggy theme parties” to celebrate furry friends. A new Mobile Sponsor Connection program features a code at the park visitors can scan to learn about local businesses that offer dog-related products and services. Bottini Curtis said Rocklin business Elephant Ideas did all the tech work for the Mobile Sponsor Connection.

Mike Bouchard, president of MJB Homes, said the dog park is something he likes to support because this is MJB’s community and the dog park has become an example of people and businesses working together to make something great happen. Hayes pointed out that while the city donated the land for the park, its upkeep is performed entirely by volunteers.

“This will continue, I’m sure,” Bouchard said, sweeping off the new concrete walkway. “It was beautiful to start, and now this just adds one more amenity. They just keep adding a little bit at a time.”

“This is like a Cadillac dog park,” laughed Eric Feliz, vice president of construction at MJB. “It’s plush. It’s really high-end, and obviously we’re really happy to be part of putting it together.”