Community Park Dog Run

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HappyDogs.jpgFour happy dogs can't be wrong!

Location
Within Community Park, sharing a fence with the Public Skate Park
Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Size
nice dog size

The Community Park dog run is a nice place for dog owners to gather any time of the day from sun-up to dusk. The park is also home to the SPCA's annual dog gone walkathon where local community members, dogs and UC Davis service organizations like Circle K International come together for a dog gone day of fun and a 2 mile marked walk.

Situated behind the high school and library and adjacent to the skate park, this dog run is an underused gem. Periods of highest use are typically weekday evenings between 7-9pm, and occasionally weekend evenings. A small but growing group of people and dogs have starting gathering here on a regular basis. In the past, a group of small dog owners have informally used it as a "small dog park" until one was built at Toad Hollow. Hopefully they will grow into the new dog run-walk-chase-hop-skip-scramble.

Periods of highest use, on the other hand, often coincide with the regular use of the park. A small but growing group of Davisites wearing birkenstocks and fuzzy socks gather here on an irregular basis to take up the green.
Some notable regulars at the Community Park dog run have included: Dora the Explorer (schnoxie; featured in the July 2008 edition of Davis Life magazine), Allie (the Smartest Puppy in the World), boy Scout (Corgi), girl Scout (Westie), Maverick (Schnauzer), Dante the Gentle Giant (Rottweiler), Dylan the Ball-Obsessed (lab, of course), Rudy the Rowdy Poodle, and other occasional guests.

Advantages to this dog run include:

Some areas for improvement include:

dog.jpgElizabeth Barthel with pet sitting client Willow at the 2006 Dog Gone Walkathon

See also Dogs for other off-leash areas within Davis as well as other resources for local dog owners.
DogPark2.jpgPark dedication DogPark1.jpg Dog_sign.JPGThe rules.

Thanks Robert Zimmerman:
"If Dogs Run Free"

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain.
The best is always yet to come,
That's what they explain to me.
Just do your thing, you'll be king,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme.
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be,
To each his own, it's all unknown,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, then what must be,
Must be, and that is all.
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall.
In harmony with the cosmic sea,
True love needs no company,
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole,
If dogs run free."
—Bob Dylan

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