Oakley’s future dog park now has a name.
The Oakley City Council unanimously voted to name the future community complex Koda Dog Park in honor of the police department’s current K-9, Koda. The police department’s past and future K-9s will also be highlighted at the park on a yet-to-be decided bench, plaque or similar feature.
The council’s decision came on the heels of a poll asking residents to choose between a variety of name options, including Oakley Community Dog Park, Paw Park on Oxford Drive, Oxford Paw Park, Waggin' Tails at Nunn-Wilson Park, a name paying tribute to one of Oakley's current or past K-9s or a write-in option.
About 350 residents looked at the poll, and about 90 gave their opinions. Most of them favored Koda.
“(Naming the dog park) has created a lot of discussion in our community,” said Nancy Marquez-Suarez, human resources manager and assistant to the City Manager. “That goes to show the public is excited and very interested in taking part in what we are going to name this park.”
The 2.5-acre park, next to the Nunn-Wilson Family Park near Laurel and Brown roads is scheduled to open in early spring 2018.
The site will include fenced areas for small and large dogs, a water play area, agility equipment, benches, turf, a picnic area, drinking fountains and other amenities for dogs and their owners.
The council briefly debated the merits of several naming decisions before settling on Koda Dog Park. The runner-up among the council was Oakley Community Dog Park.
“Because this is our first, it is true it’s an Oakley Community Dog Park, but perhaps it won’t be the last, so if we name it Oakley Community Dog Park and add another one in the future, it might be a little confusing,” said Vice Mayor Claire Alaura. “If we name this one Koda Dog Park and then somebody else gets a park, we can name it anything.”
The total cost of the park is expected to be about $1.2 million – paid for using $764,485 in park impact fees and a $413,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant.
It’s expected that phase one of the project – paving the parking lot, improving the storm drains, connecting the utilities and installing the restrooms – will wrap up this month. Phase two – including finishing the grading, installing concrete walkways, irrigation improvements and fence installation – was approved by the council in early December.
The council has also recently signed off on a $74,368, 35-by-50 shade structure for the park similar to the one installed at Creekside Park.
For more information on the project, visit http://bit.ly/2qiepy4.