The City of Calabasas unleashed a new dog park last week.
Although it’s still a work in progress and not the final version of what the city wants it to be, the dog park opened Sept. 4 at Wild Walnut Park on Mulholland Highway.
Jeff Rubin, the city’s community services director, said the facility will undergo additional improvements in the future.
“About a year ago the City Council approved adding (a dog park) to Wild Walnut Park, as well as a children’s play area, and redoing the parking lot,” Rubin said.
“We went out to bid; the bids came in way too high so the council rejected them. We have some grant money we’ll be using but it was over that amount so we figured if we waited, some money from the state or county could go into it.”
While waiting for more funds to become available, Rubin said, the City Council went ahead with a temporary park based on the design that had been laid out.
The one-third acre park features separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, and a temporary rest room.
The community has long pushed for another dog park— until now Calabasas only had the Las Virgenes Road Bark Park on the west side of town.
Residents on the city’s east side felt the Bark Park was too far and pushed for something closer to home. Locals organized a petition drive to show support for the idea.
The city developed a plan for additional improvements at Wild Walnut along with a children’s play area, including landscaping.
Some residents voiced concerns about expanding the park next to Mulholland Highway and its high volume of traffic.
Rubin said when the temporary park is upgraded to the original specifications, the city’s public works department will likely install a signal light at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Canyon Road for better traffic control.