"New dog park, Hacienda Park, Cameron Park. Video shot by Lynn Morse. What a great day to be a DOG!"
DOG PARK IS OPEN!!!!
Hacienda Park, Cameron Park Drive/Hacienda Road, Cameron Park
We are beyond excited! After negotiations with fence contractors over the summer and counting every last penny from our fund raising efforts to construct the fence at Hacienda Park, the real deal came through within days. The anticipation of reaching our goal to build the first off-leash park on the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains was palpable! At 8 am on Monday, November 11th, the crew of Golden State Fence Company, Inc. was at Hacienda Park with their auger turning, ready to start digging. By 9:15 am, half of the post holes had been dug, and by 4 pm, two days' worth of work was complete ... all holes dug, posts placed and cemented in.
So many years of reviewing the site plan on a piece of paper which depicted the small and large dog park areas, whose perimeters we walked so many times, checking and rechecking, to finally be standing on the grass in the middle of the large dog park yesterday and seeing the fence fabric in place, with EDDOGs' dream being realized - well, it was surreal. That was a long sentence but the park has been a long time coming! The fences & double gates were completed on Friday and it was time for... PAWS ON THE GROUND!
There is still much to do (see below) but at least you will be able to toss those leashes and let your dogs run free!
There are so many people to thank by name, as this has been a project eight years in the making. So, to avoid missing a single person in the rush to broadcast this good news we shall save the roses for another newsletter and for our celebration - an official grand opening that EDDOG is planning for the Spring.
You are all, big and small, invited to the party! Click on the photo to see a video clip of the park....
Thank you to Golden State Fence Company, Inc. that gave us such a fabulous deal with superior product and an amazingly efficient work crew. And thank you to Cameron Park Community Services District (CPCSD) for their partnership over the years, local businesses who made donations to our many fundraisers and park infrastructure materials, Eagle Scouts for their many hours of dedicated work, our volunteers who have helped at so many events and to the EDDOG Board members, past and present, for their hard work, tenacity and endurance. Finally, thank YOU, all who are reading this, for your wonderful support.
EDDOG President, Holly Morrison, who deserves garlands of roses, said recently: "We began this project when most of the dogs of the core group of founders were mere pups. While those same canines are now mostly grey in their muzzles and may not move as fast as they used to, our extended family has grown to include ALL the pups in the community. We are thrilled that they will be able to play together in the safe and lovely environment of Hacienda Park. Please come and share this special place with us!"
El Dorado Hills Update - Another park on the way!
Progress on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District (EDHCSD) dog park at Community Fields is also proceeding smoothly. The El Dorado County Planning Department required certain elements to be completed as part of the review/approval process. A noise assessment study and a soils test, to address any concerns over sound and naturally occurring asbestos, have both been successfully completed with favorable results. The Special Use Permit revision request is being sent to the Planning Commission as an agenda item. Construction is planned for Spring 2014 in conjunction with athletic field renovations to consolidate costs and minimize disruption of community enjoyment of the park. Stay tuned!!
Yes, we still need to raise funds to buy benches, water fountains and waste stations for both parks. There are many ways you can help us do this: buy a memorial brick, come join us at the next fun event in Cameron Park, make a direct cash donation or pledge to provide one of the items above. Leave your "Mark on the Park" by participating in our Buy-a-Brick program. All bricks will be installed at the dog park of your choice for everyone to see. Businesses, residents, friends and families have already purchased bricks - won't you ensure that the dog(s) that you love will leave their mark on one of our parks forever?
We need volunteers for Saturday November 23rd
Join us at the CPCSD's Old Fashioned Christmas Craft Faire at the Community Center where EDDOG will be hosting wine tastings and serving mimosas and special coffee drinks! No entrance fee. Saturday, November 23rd, 10 am - 4 pm, Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, 95682. Donate directly to the cause on our secure web page (green donation button beneath the 3 pups below). Pledge to gift, outright, a needed park amenity, as listed above, or provide funds towards the purchase of a specific item by emailing us at: EDDOGdogpark@gmail.
EDDOG is a volunteer organization and we are so grateful to the wonderful folks who help with events. Thank you all so much! If you can help us at the Craft Faire, if you can give us just a little of your time, please email Marie Halverson, Volunteer Coordinator, at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Holly Morrison, President, at: 530-676-9699. Thank you!
Just a reminder - Dog License Amnesty & Lower Rates
The one-year license fee for a spayed or neutered dog will be reduced from $20 to $10 in the county and city of Placerville, and from $30 to $15 for dogs that reside in the city limits of S. Lake Tahoe. County and city laws require licensing for all dogs at 4 months of age, and the dog must be current on its rabies vaccination. Contact information: Animal Services at 530-621-5795 in Placerville or 530-573-7925 in S. Lake Tahoe and edcgov.us/animalservices
For your enjoyment check out these precious videos!
Enhance the Quality of Life for Your Dog and You
Be a part of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG), an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the creation of off-leash dog parks in El Dorado County, where our canine citizens can socialize and exercise in a clean, safe environment.
We organize dog owners who wish to advocate for dog parks with local governments and park departments, to fundraise, and to educate the dog-owning community about how these facilities should be used for the betterment of our canine and human residents.
El Dorado County is a great place for us and our families, and we want to enrich the lives of our canine companions by providing them off-leash, enclosed environments so they can socialize and enjoy El Dorado County as much as we do.
We invite you to learn more about us, our community, and our ongoing partnership with El Dorado County Community Services Districts to maintain a safe and healthy place for our four legged companions. Better yet, consider being a volunteer and learning why you should care. Your dog will be glad you did, and so will you.
An EDDOG member has pledged to contribute $50 for every $100 that is donated to EDDOG for the El Dorado Hills CSD dog park — up to $2,000! (read more...)
Meet with Us
Monthly meetings are a great way to find out what’s going on with EDDOG and how you can get involved.
EDDOG General Membership meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cameron Park Community Services District, Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA (map).