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VIDEO: Dog Park Finally Under Way

Four-legged friends joined the ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday.

Originally published 7:47 p.m. Jan. 23. 

Canines joined leaders from the city, the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation and the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort Wenesday for the ceremonial first dig that signals the start of construction of the city's first dog park.

The park is to be named after late veterinarian Joe Cortese, and wife Goldie was also on hand to say her thanks. It's being built by the nonprofit Open Space Foundation.

Eric Bergstrom January 24, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Three cheers for Dr. Fleas! Ruff! Ruff! Ruff!
Diane Askew January 24, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I love the idea of the dog parks and used to take my little maltese-poodle to them for socialization and exercise until one day I had to pry a malamute's jaw off of her neck while her owners laughed. The big dog probably thought my dog was a rabbit, which is a fair mistake, but the owners' attitudes were reckless and careless. Unfortunately, it is like inner city schools: some attendees are honest, fair citizens, some are thugs, and you don't know which one is which until it's almost too late. If there is a small dog part of the park, I will take Maggie. If not, I won't.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 09:27 PM
IIRC, there is a fenced area for smaller dogs. :-)
V. Duvall January 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM
GOOD GOSH ALMIGHTY!!! What has taken so long to get this going? The city should have picked up the tab for this a long time ago. Every dog owner has had to go outside the city to find a dog park. Living in this city means we have to ALWAYS go somewhere else to get or do anything, except buy cars or eat fast food. No department stores of any type, no lumber yards, decent supermarkets, ordinary movie theaters or anything else for that matter. With the recent passing of Dr. Mannix we should be building our second dog park. Shame on the city.

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