Pleasanton’s new $300,000 "Cubby's” dog park opened Saturday following a festive ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Thorne.
The park is located at Lagoon Road and Bernal Avenue, with limited parking on site but ample street parking available on Lagoon Road.
The city’s second off leash dog park occupies 1.5 acres at the staging area of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Walking Trail. It has a fenced dog play area, which includes a place for smaller dogs and a separate place for the larger dogs. There are drinking fountains, shade structures and even agility structures.
The new dog park, officially named Cubby’s Dog Park at Bernal, honors the Pleasanton Police Department’s K9 officer Cubby, whose human handler was Officer Jay Graves. The department’s K9 unit was established in 1974, and Cubby was the first to join, serving not only Pleasanton but the entire Tri-Valley.
Graves has retired but he and his family were at at Saturday’s ceremony, including his daughter Valerie, who now serves with the police department.
More than 300 entries were received in a naming contest for the dog park before Cubby made the final cut. Other suggested names were Happy Trails, Paws to Play, Pooch Paradise, Pup-Town Life, Bark Alley, Barking Lot, Bernal Buddies, Pooches Playland, Mutt Manor and Murphy's Tails.
The name Cubby was suggested by Aidan Husejnovic, 10, a student at Mohr Elementary School, who won loud applause from a crowd of about 75 when he was introduced by Thorne.
Cubby is recognized on a plaque and sign posted at entrance to the park, which is the second dog park to be built in Pleasanton to serve the city’s 26,800 licensed dogs. The first is in Muirwood Park, built years ago.
The new park with its play equipment, shaded seating area for pet owners and other amenities, measures up to some of the better-known canine parks in the country, including Houston's Millie dog park, named for Millie Bush, the English Springer Spaniel who shared the White House with George and Barbara Bush.
It’s still a bit shy of Richmond's Point Isabel Dog Park, a 23-acre off-leash park that even has a gourmet cafe, appropriately named Sit and Stay.