Pets get wet at dog water park
Building on the success of its dog park in Bijou Park, the city of South Lake Tahoe has given canines another reason to howl with delight. In mid-summer, the city opened the Regan Beach Dog Water Park.
The “park” is a buoyed-off area just next to Regan Beach where dogs can frolic in the water with their owners.
Although the area is separate from other uses at Regan Beach, it’s not fenced off, and operates on an “honor system,” said Gary Moore, city of South Lake Tahoe parks and recreation director.
“It’s working well. It’s great,” Moore said. “People are very, very responsible at the dog park.”
The area includes cleanup stations for disposing of dog waste. It was considered officially open last month when signs were in place, Moore said.
The city spent about $1,100 on materials, including signs, for the park, as well as some staff time.
“It’s a very good, inexpensive amenity for animal lovers,” Moore said.
Moore said he just wished lake levels were higher so visitors could practice their dog paddle.
Calaveras County resident Lori Whitney was enjoying the dog water park on Friday.
Whitney said she was familiar with the city’s dog park at Bijou Park from descriptions online, but had only heard rumors about the dog facility at the beach – until she rented a house for her daughter’s wedding and discovered it was right outside.
The park is great, Whitney said, adding that she’s seen a “steady stream” of people and dogs since arriving on Wednesday. “It’s getting a lot of use from what I can tell,” Whitney said.
The city this year also added amenities to its popular dog park at Bijou Park, which opened in August 2008.
Accessibility for the disabled was added at the beginning of the summer, as was a paving-stone patio and benches. The South Tahoe Public Utility District donated some old, non-functional fire hydrants, Moore said.
“It’s very well-used and very successful,” Moore said of the dog park.
And the dog parks at Bijou Park and Regan Beach won’t necessarily close when winter arrives, Moore said.
Although the city removes snow from higher priority areas first, snow is then removed from Regan Beach and the dog park as time permits. Last winter was not an especially heavy snow season, and the Bijou dog park remained open throughout the winter.
– Staff writer Adam Jensen contributed to this report.
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