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Bounding toward Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park

Special to the Sun
NTPUD Board of Directors Vice President John Bergmann, middle, helps with the leash cutting ceremony at Dog Day in the Park 2014.
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Doggies led the groundbreaking ceremony at the fourth annual Dog Day in the Park on Sept. 7, featuring a leash cutting cerremony for the Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park — a safe place for dogs to play.

Placer County District Five Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, NTPUD Board members John Bergmann, Sue Daniels and Phil Thompson were on hand to cheer on all two-legged and four-legged volunteers at the North Tahoe Regional Park event.

Supervisor Montgomery said the two most frequent complaints/inquiries she hears from constituents are, “Why don’t we have more enforcement of the leash laws in Tahoe and where can we take our dogs for off-leash play?”

She believes this 2-plus acre park is a win-win for everyone. The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a $232,000 park mitigation fee grant. The funds from the grant will not only be used for the dog park but also to help off-set the cost of new ADA bathrooms and paved ramps within the NTRP.

“Oh give us a home, Where the coyotes don’t roam, And doggies can play, All day.”
Park Bechdolt

John Bergmann shared with the public the overwhelming grass roots volunteer effort to get this project off the ground in record time. Dog Day in the Park is the latest, privately driven volunteer group that has led to park improvements, such as the improved children’s playground, disc golf and baseball field No. 5. All projects have been accomplished through private sector/public entity partnerships.

Dog Day in the Park has thus far raised approximately $25,000 toward its commitment of $62,000 in funding for the Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park. President Pam Berger’s goal is that this time next year the gates of the park will be open and the leashes will be off.

Visit ntpud.org/tahoe-unleashed-dog-park for more information.