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Oceanside’s dog park reopens after upgrades

OCEANSIDE — The off leash dog park on San Luis Rey Road held a reopening ceremony July 13 after a month of being closed for renovations.
An impressive $300,000 in park upgrades sponsored by Petco and the Petco Foundation smoothed out bumpy ground, carpeted the park in astroturf, added palapa style gazebos and installed ground level doggie water fountains.
The 45,000-square-feet dog park that first opened in September 2006 and was originally called Oceanside Dog Park is now renamed the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Dog Park.
“Before it was old and needed some sprucing up,” Kelli Herwehe, public relations coordinator of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, said. “There were patches of grass and dirt and lots of hills.”
Renovations make the park a cleaner, healthier environment for dogs. There is a drainage system under the Astroturf so that puddles do not form. Doggie water fountains can be foot started by pet owners to provide fresh running drinking water for their dogs.
For the comfort and convenience of pet owners there are palapa shade areas, additional seating and pet waste bag dispensers. Herwehe said educational signage would also be installed.
“I’m amazed at so many improvements,” Mayor Jim Wood said. “The landscaping and improvements to health and quality is amazing.”
Petco and Petco Foundation renewed a $1 million five-year gift to the San Diego Humane Society earlier this year that allowed park renovations to be made.
“We support human animal bonding,” Charlie Piscitello, vice president of human relations for Petco, said. “I’ve seen a lot of dog parks and this is clearly one of the nicer ones.”
Pet owners are also impressed with the park upgrades. “I like the astroturf,” Jared Stapleton, of Oceanside, said. “Dogs don’t get all muddy.”
“I think it will bring a lot to the community,” Alex Cano, of Oceanside said. “Dogs and owners are going to be really happy.”
San Diego Humane Society absorbed the North County Humane Society and began operations in Oceanside in 2010. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA North Campus provides animal control services to the cities of Oceanside and Vista and continued animal shelter, care and pet adoption services to animals it takes into its facilities.