Westlake dog park unleashed

New venue could open next summer


PETS AND PEOPLE—Construction is underway on a community bark park in Westlake Village, similar to this one in Calabasas. ACORN FILE PHOTO

PETS AND PEOPLE—Construction is underway on a community bark park in Westlake Village, similar to this one in Calabasas. ACORN FILE PHOTO

Westlake Village began construction Aug. 28 on a new city dog park.

Located at the corner of Oak Crest Drive and Agoura Road, the 1.2-acre bark park has been in the planning for more than three years, City Manager Ray Taylor said.

After consistently hearing citizens say the city should have a dog park, city staff presented the project to the Westlake Village City Council last year. On June 27 of this year, a bid was awarded to Camarillo-based Civic Construction Associates with a budget of $750,000.

“I think we’re seeing more dog parks being developed across southern California,” Taylor said. “Our residents were saying, ‘Well gee, if they’re building them in other communities, why not here?’”

He said the biggest delay was finding a suitable location, as so much of the land available to the city is already developed or spoken for.

The nearest dog park for Westlake residents is in Oak Park. There are two others in Calabasas and Thousand Oaks.

City engineer Jessica Arden said the park will most likely open sometime next summer. The city has allotted 90 days for construction, with an additional 180 to establish plant life in the park.

When it’s completed, the park will feature a shaded shelter with picnic seating, separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, and curbside parking for 25 cars.