Oxnard Beach Dog Park
DOG PARK UPDATE
On March 14th we had a special meeting with the Oxnard City Parks, Recreation, Community Services Commission “Furry Friends Task Force”. We invited people from Oceanaire to discuss their concerns for the location of the dog park. The Oceanaire residents that were at the meeting were adamant that a dog park that close to their homes would be disruptive to them. They had problems with noise levels and parking on the streets by their homes. They did not have a problem with the dogs being in another area farther away from their homes. The baseball diamond in the middle of the park was suggested with limited days and hours for off leash play.
We talked about a trial program for Monday through Friday from dawn to 9 a.m., no weekends or holidays. These hours are times when the park is basically not used by many people. We would put up signs warning people that there would be dogs off leash during those hours, so that if people did not want to participate they could either walk their dogs at a different time or in a different area to avoid the off leash dogs. We are planning to have a citizen's group to give out rules for the use of the area and to make sure people cleaned up after their dogs. What we didn't consider was our petitions were signed for a dog park, not the off leash/no fence idea. At this time, before we go any farther, we would like to get everyone's opinion of the off leash hours and have a new petition that represents this pilot program. The off leash hours are not a new idea. Arroyo Verde Park has been doing this for 16 years. IT WORKS!! Mission Oaks Park in Camarillo also uses the limited hours without fences. Douglas Preserve in Santa Barbara has off leash/no fences for the bluff as well as the beach. California has a law, California Code § 831.7.5, that indemnifies cities from liability claims at a dog park.
So this is how it stands for now: If you still want a place for the dogs to have time in our area to exercise and socialize, we need to know if this is an acceptable plan for you. If there is not a majority of people that want it, there is no point in pushing the new plan. We have a new petition HERE that you will need to sign and get back to me as soon as possible. It would be great if you could get more signatures. You can also contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange to come by my house and sign the new petition. If you wish to circulate a petition in your neighborhood, that would be very helpful. We need to know within the next week what you want to do, otherwise, we'll drop the issue.
HERE is the email we received from the Park Commission Chair. If you can help us with any of his "Next Steps", please let us know.
Get the new petition HERE
On February 28, 2018, we attended the City of Oxnard Parks, Recreation, Community Services Commission meeting. We gave our presentation for a dog park at Oxnard Beach Park. Lots of wonderful and supportive neighbors showed up. There are concerns from the neighboring homes that need to be addressed. We invite everyone, both pro and con dog park, to come to the next Special meeting to discuss those concerns and see what can be worked out. The vote was 4-2 of the Commissioners to put off a decision until the March regular Commission meeting. Please join us on March 14th at the South Oxnard Youth Center 200 East Bard Road at 6pm, so that we can reach a mutual agreement.
If you wish to email your representatives, here are their email addresses:
Tim Flynn, Mayor email@example.com
Bryan A. MacDonald, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Madrigal, Councilman email@example.com
Bert Perello, Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Poirier, Community Services Commissioner email@example.com
Angela Whitecomb, Community Service Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrel Harrison, Community Services Manager email@example.com
Here are some ideas for your emails:
DEAR (CITY COUNCIL OR COMMISSION MEMBER):
I AM WRITING TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT A DOG PARK AT OXNARD BEACH PARK.
MAKE THE NEXT PARAGRAPH PERSONAL:
I HAVE LIVED IN …....FOR …...YEARS.
ADD REASONS WHY YOU WANT A DOG PARK SUCH AS:
THE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK ON THE PATHS AND BEACH AND MEET NEIGHBORS IS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT LIVING HERE.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF US DO NOT HAVE A BIG BACK YARD TO EXERCISE OUR DOGS IN. YOU CERTAINLY CAN'T THROW A BALL OR FRISBEE TO A DOG WITH A LEASH ON.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DOG-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY.
WELL EXERCISED DOGS ARE HAPPY DOGS, AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE QUIET, GOOD NEIGHBORS.
DOG PARKS CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND FORGE FRIENDSHIPS AMONG USERS
DOG PARKS PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP. PEOPLE IN DOG PARKS ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR DOGS BECAUSE THEY APPRECIATE THE SPACE AND WANT IT TO BE CLEAN FOR THEMSELVES AND OTHERS
DOG PARKS DISCOURAGE CRIME AND LOITERING AND RAISE PROPERTY VALUES
DOG PARKS ARE A MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER AMENITY AMONG PEOPLE RELOCATING TO A COMMUNITY
WE JUST WANT A PLACE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO EXERCISE OUR DOGS, SOCIALIZE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND ENJOY THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT WE LIVE IN.
THE HOURS AND DAYS OF THE DOG PARK COULD BE LIMITED TO KEEP FROM OVERCROWDING THE AREA ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.
SINCERELY, OR THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
REMEMBER THAT AN UNSIGNED LETTER IS ALWAYS DISREGARDED
KEEP YOUR COMMENTS RESPECTFUL AND SHORT.
The Day of the Dog
Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd.
January 20, 2018 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
This event has been organized by the Oxnard Beach Dog Park “Furry Friends” task force. Our mission is to work with the City of Oxnard to create a fenced-in, off-leash dog park where well behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property, other dogs or wildlife. We hope that in the future, we will be able to convince the city to allow us to have our dogs off leash in at the park in the mornings before 9am and a leash free dog beach on our beautiful shores! Thank you for helping us in this effort.
Thank you to the following:
Kelly’s Lot & Friends
My Best Friend Obedience
Trainers and their dogs: Bryce and Doug Taylor, Ginny Mills, Ellen Morrow, Nina Ausley, Grace Pranatio
Be Free Dog Training
Coastal K9Dog Walking and Pet Services
Anja Christy, dog sitter & walker
Toni’s Mobile Pet Spa
Monica Ana of PetPaint
Channel Island Veterinarian Hospital
Banfield Pet Hospital
Healthy Pet Specialty Store
Wells Apparel Group
The Rushmore Kid
Oxnard Natural Pet Supply
Humane Society of Ventura County
Carl’s, Canine Adoption and Rescue League
Hot Diggity Dogs
Caterer Beth Kimball
The City Corp
PAL, Police Assistance League
Myron and Emilie Rayman
Jim and Suzi Hanna
Karyn & John Spruill
Susan Hartzler, AlphaDog PR
Michael Pena, Holla Pena
Special thanks to our dog-gone amazing sponsor: The City of Oxnard, especially Oxnard City Parks, Recreation, Community Services Commissioners Angela Whitecomb and Roger Poirier and Community Services Manager Terrel Harrison
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with photos at our Doggie Kissing Booth!