Conejo Off Leash Areas – 2016 in Review

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 chance to try their pups on an agility course and see who was the fastest dog in the Mass Ball Toss.  This year CRPD also approved a fourth neighborhood OLA at Conejo Community Park.  Fencing for this will go up early 2017.  Thanks to all of you, COLA’s biggest achievement this year was installation of water fountains at both Kimber and Walnut.  I hope you’ve had a chance to stop by and read the fountains plaques that acknowledge your financial support in getting them purchased.


2016 has also had its challenges.  Specifically dealing with California’s ongoing drought.  CRPD conservation policies dictated turning off the water at our three neighborhood OLAs.  This, plus their overwhelming success (i.e. high use) resulted in the ground cover turning from green to brown to dust.  Since September, a dedicated group of folks have been working with CRPD on identifying ways to resolve the ground cover issue.  We hope to have a workable solution soon.  If you’ve got some ideas, or would like to be part of the discussion, COLA’s next board meeting will be devoted totally to this topic.  Please join us – Thursday, December 15, 7pm at the Goebel Center.


Next year appears to be even busier.  Once a successful solution to the ground cover issue has been found and implemented, CRPD will move forward with fencing the Conejo Community Park OLA.  They will also hold neighborhood meetings on two other potential OLAs at Russell and Lynne Oaks.   The large dog park at Flores will be getting more improvements – a permanent restroom and paved parking.  And we’re working with CRPD on offering dog classes in their Spring brochure.  For example, Canine Communication.  Folks can learn about canine communication and body language at their local parks from professional behaviorists.  Stay tuned for more info on this and other exciting new classes!

Thank you all for supporting COLA and our off leash areas!