Past News and Articles


Photo of sign for dog park opening soon. WHEN? THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 5th, 2015 at 6:30pm
Join us for the opening of the first El Dorado Hills off-leash dog park located behind the ball fields at Community Park, close to the creek.
Photo of dog park.
Advertisement of dog park grand opening
A Memorial Brick will honor your canine companion or provide evergreen advertising for your business and will grace the borders of the winding walkway to the new dog park.

"After many years of fundraising while also raising the community's awareness of the importance of off-leash dog parks, El Dorado County will now have its second such amenity on the Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada's in El Dorado Hills at Community Park. With the guidance of the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG) Board of Directors, hundreds and hundreds of community supporters, the various incarnations of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District (EDHCSD) BOD, General Managers and fantastic staff, all groups were represented when the many shovels were put into the ground in support of the pups at the groundbreaking on April 9th. We finally have another safe haven in which our canine companions can run freely. Well done by all!"

Holly Morrison, President, EDDOG

Limited parking this weekend at Hacienda Park, Cameron Park

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be having their semi-annual Conference this coming weekend. While the Hacienda Park lot will remain open parking will not be available on either side of Hacienda Road or in the Church parking lot from 5pm on Saturday, June 6th, until 1pm on Sunday, June 7th. Extra parking will be available a block away on Sabana, east of the LDS Church off Hacienda Rd.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Due to a conflict with a CPCSD Budget Meeting

the time of our regular meeting has been delayed by one hour


Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8 pm

Cameron Park Community Center

2502 Country Club Drive, CA 95682


Saturday, August 15th
Laps at the Lake registration 9:00am
Run/walk 9:30am
Pooch Plunge at 10:00am
Cameron Park Lake
The most fun day of the year for our dogs!

Sue Hawkes
PR Chair

Three dogs


Page from Style MagazineSo grateful to Style Magazine/Bill Romanelli for their generous article on how the Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park was created. Many years of blood, sweat & tears in order to produce a gem in our community. Thank you to everyone who helped raise the needed funds to have a safe haven for our canine companions! We have several fundraising efforts with matching fund opportunities currently available. Please review the following for details.


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Now is a great time, particularly with the end of the tax year closing in, to step up and take advantage of two wonderful opportunities, provided by the generosity of Paul Stahlhuth of El Dorado Hills and Eden Halbert of Placerville. They have issued fundraising challenges that promise to increase the value of donations to EDDOG! We still need to raise funds to buy benches, water fountains and waste stations for both Hacienda Dog Park, in Cameron Park, and the soon-to-be-constructed El Dorado Hills Dog Park.

Abby's Fund

Several years ago Paul's dog, Abby, challenged our community of dog lovers and EDDOG friends to donate to the fund for the El Dorado Hills CSD off-leash dog park! Paul made the generous pledge, on Abby's behalf, to contribute $50 for every $100 donated - up to $2,000. While many of you took up the challenge there is still $1000 left to be donated. We're half way there! This kind gesture provides us with the opportunity to raise a total of $6,000. Construction of the park in El Dorado Hills will begin in early spring 2014 and we are gearing up to raise the funds we need to provide the amenities for that park. Will you please help us? Abby is counting on us! See her challenge here.

Eden's Fund - We have a new challenge!

EdenEden Halbert, dog trainer-counselor, photographer and owner of Sierra dogs in Placerville (, has issued a challenge specifically for Hacienda Dog Park. Under the same terms as Abby's challenge, Eden has pledged $750 to encourage you to contribute to the Cameron Park fund and help us raise $2250 towards the cost of water fountains (around $6500 each) and doggie waste stations ($400 apiece). As you know, the fences have been installed at Hacienda Dog Park and your dogs are having a ball racing around and enjoying each other's company off-leash. Won't you please consider making a donation? What a wonderful gift for our canine companions!

Thank you Paul and thank you Eden!

-------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE take the challenge! Make a tax-deductible

donation to EDDOG at, or mail a check to:

2761 Hillcrest Drive
Cameron Park, CA 95682
EDDOG is a non-profit organization.
Tax ID 04-3843258

Just tell us where to direct your donation - El Dorado Hills or Cameron Park. Call or email us with questions at the contact information below.

Message from Holly Morrison, President, EDDOG:

Happy Holidays to all! We are honored to have such wonderful 'Friends of the Dog Park Projects' offering incentives for pledge drives in both communities. Any donation is helpful - $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more!

Make a tax-deductible donation of $150 or $200 and you will receive a Memorial Brick, commemorating a beloved canine companion, to be placed in the park of your choice: $150 (8x4 inch brick) with your personalized message (3 lines/18 characters each); $200 (8x8 inch brick, 6 lines/18 characters each). If you wish to promote your business a donation of $200 will buy an 8x4 inch brick, and $300 an 8x8 inch brick.

Additional items:
paw print (in black) on the corner of the brick: $15.00
donor brick (a copy of your brick for you to keep): $20 (4x8) $40 (8x8)
certificate of your purchase: $15.00

Sue Hawkes
PR Chair

Three dogs

2761 Hillcrest
Cameron Park, California 95682
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"New dog park, Hacienda Park, Cameron Park. Video shot by Lynn Morse. What a great day to be a DOG!"


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....

Play clip of dogs in the new 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!!

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Springtime 2013 with EDDOG

EDDOG was busy this Spring, participating with Cameron Park Community Services District (CPSD) in two fundraisers - Reds, Whites and Jewels on February 2nd and the Spring Antique Craft and Garden Show on May 4th. At both events we offered our signature tastings of local wines, Mimosas and coffee, held raffles and silent auctions of wonderful prizes donated by our supporters and local businesses. We also continued to display the beautiful dog quilt that was made by several of EDDOG's volunteers. The raffle tickets for this lovely prize will be drawn at Pooch Plunge & Laps at the Lake this summer. At the Spring Antique Craft and Garden Show we expanded our repertoire of beverage offerings to include Coffee and Kahlua and Coffee and Baileys - very successful additions that will probably become features of our fundraisers in the future! We also attended the Spiritual Center for Positive Living's (SCPL) Pet Expo and Blessing on April 27th in Cameron Park. This was a great opportunity for us and our dogs to socialize with old friends and meet new ones and to share EDDOG's mission of enhancing the quality of life for dogs and their owners in El Dorado County.

February 20, 2013

Scouts Honored

You may have read in the Mountain Democrat and Cameron Park Life that EDDOG honored three Eagle Scouts this year for their outstanding contributions to the construction of the dog park infrastructure at Hacienda Park. EDDOG President Holly Morrison presented each of the scouts, Kevin Becker and Austin Mangelson of Cameron Park and Jeremy Cummins of Shingle Springs, with a framed Certificate of Recognition at the Cameron Park Community Services District (CPCSD) board meeting on February 20th, 2013. In her address, Holly said:

"Tonight we honor the three volunteers who made the building out of the infrastructure of the off leash dog park at Hacienda Park a reality. The CPCSD board of directors, General Manager, Park Superintendent Paul Ryan, and Park Supervisor J. R. Hichborn along with the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild recognize the priceless contributions by these three volunteers. Scouts HonoredAdditionally, we want to thank the parents and families of each scout and all the volunteers they managed to call on to come out and do some real dirty work...literally shovel top soil, haul barrels of decomposed granite, pour cement, rake leaves, build sheds ... the community and all of the dogs who will come to this safe haven applaud you all! ........

In the years it has taken EDDOG to get to this point, the thing I am most proud of is that we helped these young men of our community achieve a huge goal... to earn their Eagle Scout rank."

Austin Mangelson (L) Holly Morrison, Gary Ellis (Vice President)

Collectively the scouts projects included grinding the stumps of dead and dying oaks, which had been removed by a county work crew supervised by Cal Fire and laying out irrigation to 18 new native oaks they planted. They also trenched and installed 1250 linear feet of new irrigation pipe, amended the soil, seeded newly tilled top soil, made the dog park 'rules' signs, designed and built a new shelter for the upgraded irrigation system, poured cement pads, restored and relocated four park benches, cleaned the entire perimeter of the large dog park, and spread and compacted decomposed granite. This amounted to a lot of hard work!

A huge 'Thank You' to Kevin, Austin and Jeremy!

Scouts receive certificate

Each scout also received a framed certificate from the CPCSD. Pictured above (L to R) are Eagle Scouts: Jeremy Cummins, Austin Mangelson and Kevin Becker, holding their certificates. Alongside them are: Parks Superintendent Paul Ryan; board directors Scott McNeil, Vicky Neibauer, Sean Tucker, Shiva Frentzen and Greg Stanton; and, EDDOG President Holly Morrison.

June 11, 2012

A great article was posted in the Monday June 11, 2012, Mt. Democrat newspaper, Placerville, California, entitled:

California Rambling: The social side of dog parks.

Written by John Poimiroo, correspondent. The article discusses the fundraising project I am working on for the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG), in order to build off-leash dog parks in El Dorado County, the current progress for the Hacienda Park dog park in Cameron Park and the two Eagle Scout candidates working to help us make the park a reality. He discusses all the great things having dog parks accomplish.

We still need funding for fencing! Want to help EDDOG with our goal?

Please go to to donate, "Buy a Brick" and find out about our upcoming Annual fundraising project, "Pooch Plunge" Saturday August 17, 2013 at Cameron Park Lake.

If you want to be a vendor or volunteer to help that day, all information is on the website.
Thank you!

Holly Morrison
EDDOG President and Chairperson


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