Welcome to Conejo Off Leash Areas (COLA)

Our mission is to promote enjoyable and safe use of Conejo Valley off leash areas and support fun and educational opportunities that lead to positive canine-human interactions.

Off Leash Parks

Here is a list of off leash parks that allow you to take your canines off their leashes and let them roam around the park. To get directions to these parks, please click on the address and you will brought to Google Maps and from there you can get appropriate directions from your location.

 

 

 

COLA News

Bark in the Park March 12, 2017 - The annual Conejo Recreation and Parks District Bark in the Park will be held at Conejo Creek North Park (behind the Thousand Oaks Library) on May 6, 2017 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity for the dog community to celebrate their passion for dogs! The event features products, services, local veterinarians, and […]
K-9 Communication Workshops March 3, 2017 - Want to take your dog to the local dog park but unsure about how your dog will react to those in the parks? CRPD, in cooperation with COLA (Conejo Off Leash Areas Friends) is offering K-9 Communication workshops in its Spring Brochure. These one hour sessions will take place in local off leash areas and […]
Conejo Off Leash Areas – 2016 in Review December 12, 2016 - 2016 was a very busy year for Conejo’s dog parks.  In addition to improvements at the large dog park on Flores, this year saw permanent fencing go up at our first three neighborhood off leash areas – Kimber, Walnut Grove, and Estella.  We had a howling good time at April’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Those that attended got a […]
COLA Board Meeting – Thursday, December 15, 7pm December 12, 2016 - Please join us at our next meeting, Thursday, December 15, 7pm at the Goebel Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Rd,. Thousand Oaks. Our primary order of business will be discussion on feasibility of taking over maintenance of OLAs.

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Thursday night's meeting w the CRPD Board of Directors did not go well. 40 people turned out to respectfully request that something be done about the dirt ground cover at our neighborhood off leash areas. Instead of agreeing to meet w folks and come up w a solution, the Board ignored the speakers. One Director, Joe Gibson, was even so rude as to spend the whole time w his nose in his phone, texting or playing video games. Here's a recap of the reasons CRPD said they will do nothing about the situation, and COLA's response to their points.

CRPD issues heard during the 7-20-2017 Directors meeting
plus responsive comments

1. The water plan map shows no watering for the NOLAs.
Comments: a) The map is based on a mistake -- an incorrect presumption that the NOLAs would not be high-use areas. But the NOLAs are high-use areas, and high-use areas DO get watered, per CRPD's own water policy; b) A maps is a fluid planning tools that can and should be corrected or modified as needed.

2. CRPD always planned for the NOLAs to be dirt.
Comment: See # 1.

3. CRPD re-routed piping when it thought the NOLAs would not get water, so not easy to turn the water back on.
Comment: See # 1. CRPD can and should fix its mistake, and come into compliance with its own water policy.

4. CRPD has a 30% turf reduction mandate.
Comment: There are countless acres CRPD turf that is not high-use, and that can have water turned off without causing any problem. Turn off 1 1/4 acre from that, turn the NOLA water back on, and there will be no change in turf reduction. The only difference will be that CRPD will come into compliance with its water policy. Note: The combined acreage of all three NOLAs is less than 1/2 of 1% of all CRPD turf areas. This simple swap of "no water" areas would meet everyone's goals, including CPRD coming into compliance with its own water policy.

5. Dogs are not CRPD constituents; people are.
Comment: a) We are people and we use the NOLAs; b) More households have dogs in them than children; CRPD needs to recognize, plan for and meet the needs of its demographic.

6. If CRPD turns on NOLA water, all sorts of people will demand that areas they like get watered too.
Comments: a) NOLAs are high-use areas, requiring water per CRPD water policy. If those other areas are not also high-use, then turning on NOLA water cannot support a request for water in a lower-use area; b) CRPD turned on water when Triunfo people complained for water where they have occasional picnics -- their area is not even arguably high-use. CRPD is being neither fair nor equitable to NOLA users by turning off water in NOLAs, which are high-use.

7. CRPD can try putting a "dust reduction" substance on NOLA dust (supposedly non-toxic).
Comment: Even if the "dust reduction" substance is non-toxic and not a chemical, that does not address issues re dirt like: a) The ugliness of dirt; b) The unfairness of turning off water at our high-use area when CRPD's water policy says water high-use areas; c) The unfairness of giving the low-use Triunfo picnic people water but not watering high-use NOLAs; d) The fact that people take their dogs outside the fenced area again because of multiple problems with dirt, defeating a key purpose of the NOLAs; or e) The other dangers of dirt beyond its dustiness (e.g., a lady spoke last night saying a running NOLA dog was unable to find traction to stop running in the dirt/dust and crashed into her, breaking her in three places).

8. "Maybe the NOLAs are just going to fail."
Comment: It would not be the NOLAs that fail. The failure would be CRPD's for violating its own water policy and not watering the NOLAs. Note: Even the soccer fields would "fail" if CRPD turned off their water.
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