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Welcome to the Mission Viejo Dog Park site!  Please check back frequently for updates on the status of our dog park.


September 12th, 2014 - Hi all,

I hope you all are enjoying the park and the improvements coming in all the time!

I have attached Mayor Pro Tem's email in the hopes that you will support him and Wendy Bucknum in the upcoming city council election. These are the only two candidates that I support and that we can trust. Both have always supported the dog park and continue to do so.

Please contact Dave Leckness at and Wendy Bucknum at and ask them both for a sign for your yard.

Thank you!





I'm committed to keeping Mission Viejo Strong. Strong schools, strong police services a strong economy.
I have one goal: maintain programs and services that increase the value of your home and neighborhood.

But, I need your help. Please send me an email stating YES, I WANT A SIGN, the sign fairies will magically place a Genuine DAVE sign in your front yard..please supply address.



July 30th, 2014 - Hi all,

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I just wanted to give you an update on the progress of our dog park.  All the info I am sharing is from Keith Rattay, Director of Public Services and Jerry Hill, Operations Manager - Department of Public Services.

Shade Structures

The plans have been reviewed by the building department and the contractor is making a few small changes.  They plan to start installation hopefully by the end of next week.

Re-sodding and watering issues

Fencing is going up this week in a 10,000 square foot area in the center where most of the worn grass is located.  They will be preparing the area for sod on Wednesday/Thursday and sodding on Friday.  The area will remained fenced for several weeks to give the new sod a fighting chance.

They will be working on the grass area directly inside the large dog entrance removing the worn grass and expanding the natural traffic pattern with decomposed granite, similar to the pet path at the shelter.   This all will make for a cleaner entrance with less mud.

Gravel parking lot

The gravel parking lot will remain as this was always the plan.  The entire site is designed with "low impact" principals.  That means that the design was done to reduce as much impact to the surrounding environment as possible.  The gravel parking lot is complete and can not be asphalted without great additional cost.

The State of California requires that all water during rain events must be retained on site, filtered then released into the adjacent environment.  Reducing runoff during a rain storm is required.  The gravel parking lot reduces most of the site runoff and eliminates the need for onsite retention of rain water.  If a retention area was designed on site the usable area of the park would have been substantially reduced.

Additionally, whatever run off is accumulated from the grass area is drained in the bio-swale located at the south end of the large dog area.  The water from the grass is slowed down allowing solids to settle out of the water in the bio-swale thereby allowing the run off from the grass to be "filtered" and cleaned before the water is released into the arroyo.

Also, continuous planting and landscaping happening all the time.  

July 5th, 2014 -  I've added some more signs at the La Paws Park.  This time it has the dog park paver (brick) form that you can honor your past or current pet, business, etc and purchase a paver to help purchase more site elements (like shade structures) for the park.  It also has information about purchasing a bench, chair, etc.  You can also get the same information from the city websites at 

June 17th, 2014 -  Trash cans are in at La Paws Park!  Girl scout troops, boy scouts troops and other volunteers are continually working on planting and making the park even more beautiful!


Please note the rules and regulations on the La Paws Park page on this site. First and foremost, use of this park is at your and your pet's own risk.  The dog owner shall maintain control of his/her dog at all times.  Aggresive behavior by a dog(s), it's owner or custodian is strictly prohibited.  If you feel your dog is in danger, gather your dog and leave or visit the single dog owner area.  If you feel threatened by a dog owner or custodian, call 911.  If you see anything that is illegal, call 911.  If any person is bitten, please call animal services at 470-3045.   




June 3rd, 2014 -  The water fountains are in at La Paws Park!  As mentioned previously, the dog park is still a work in progress. Trash cans, more poop stations, shade structures and planting still to come!  


This Sunday the Irvine Animal Shelter is having a "Super Pet Adoption" day from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.  Check out the events page on this website for further information.  



May 22nd, 2014 -  I just added a new page called "La Paws Park".  Please check it out for pictures and most importantly the rules and regulations of our new dog park.  Please note that the dog park is closed on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Thank you!


May 13th, 2014 - Address of La Paws Park is 25100 Felipe Road, Mission Viejo, CA.


April 22nd, 2014 -  Hello everyone!

I hope you all have been enjoying the dog park as much as we have!  The agenda item passed last night so the added site elements are coming.  Please remind your friends, family and neighbors that this has always been a  "bare bones" park with additional site elements to come after the initial opening.  

When I first started this group it was always my intention to have a sign up system for folks to volunteer patrolling the dog park during the first few months.  I have been asked to do that as a recommendation from Keith Rattay, Director of Public Services.  

What we are looking to do is to have a volunteer go to the dog park during busier times of the day/evening and help patrol the dog park by reminding people of the rules.  You would wear a dog park shirt and have the postcard that shows all of the rules.  Before we do this, Keith Rattay would like to meet with us to discuss ideas, who to call when a problem arises, etc.  Let me know which evening during the week is best for you to meet.

Please let me know if you are able to volunteer and the time of day that works for you.  Also, let me know what times you think are the busiest besides the weekends.  My email is  Thanks so much and look forward to hearing from you!




April 21st, 2014 -  Hello!

La Paws Park is on the agenda at tonight's city council meeting.  Here is a copy of the agenda for tonight:

I am unable to attend but I will be sending an email voicing my support for the remaining funds to be used to fund additional site elements. Here it is in a nutshell:

The Mission Viejo Dog Park, now officially called “La Paws Park” opened to the public on April 12, 2014. The base project which included, grading and drainage, parking lot, fencing and turf, and turf irrigation for $888,888 and $198,000 change order, for the full site irrigation, has now been completed. Staff is requesting the City Council authorize the City Manager and Staff to close out the contract with GMC and file the notice of completion.
City Staff and GMC Engineering were able to value engineer some of the site elements and reduce the final construction cost to $1,067,492.80 leaving a remaining balance of $19,458.20. Additionally, there was $18,013.10 of unencumbered funds in the Capital Improvement budget leaving a total unspent project contingency total of $37,471.30 that could be used to fund remaining site amenities. City Staff took the initiative and spent a portion of the fund balance to install the landscape located inside the dog run areas and the entry to the dog park. City Staff also coordinated three Boy Scout Troops and three Girl Scout Troops to do all of the planting. Additional volunteers spread mulch along the walking trail and planter beds. The mulch was chipped up from trees removed during the windstorm and routine maintenance efforts. Finally, the initial furniture purchased, with funds raised by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Dog Park, were also installed by an Eagle Scout Project.
City Staff is requesting that the balance of the remaining funds be used to add additional landscape, install two shade structures, that were saved and replaced at the Community Center for the Meals on Wheels Program and set aside to be reinstalled at La Paws Park. Finally, a set of parking lot gates, that were recycled for the Marguerite Recreation Center Renovation, to be installed at the base of the parking access road.

If you can attend that would be great!  If not, please send an email voicing your support to: 

Karen Hamman, city clerk at
Keith Rattay, Director of Public Services at  
Mayor Trish Kelley at 
If you choose to, you may include the other council members as well.

Please ask Mayor Kelley to read those emails at the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!




April 15th, 2014 - The La Paws Park Grand Opening was a huge success!  Thanks to all the vendors, supporters, city council and staff for making this happen!!  


Here is the link to purchase dog park pavers:


Please note that the dog park is still a work in progress.  They will be adding drinking fountains and more poop bag stations to both the small and large dog areas.  Also, more to come are shade structures, more furniture and more planting.  Please keep an eye on your dog(s) to keep the dog park clean and safe.  Thank you!






April 7th, 2014 - Just a reminder that the grand opening of La Paws Park is this Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to noon.  La Paws Park is located at 25100 Felipe Road right next to Gilleran Park.


Opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:40 a.m.  The event will feature a host of dog-oriented vendors, free food and a character sketch artist for dogs.  A girl scout troop will be on hand serving and giving away "bone" cookies.  It should be quite the celebration!




March 4th, 2014 - The winner of the dog park naming competition was chosen last night at the city council meeting.  The dog park will be called La Paws Park!  2nd place went to Canine Canyon and 3rd place was Wiggly Field.   If you have any questions, please contact the city at  Thank you!


February 20th, 2014 -  I am pleased to finally announce the date of the grand opening of the Mission Viejo Dog Park.  It is April 12th from 9 a.m. to noon!  It should be quite the celebration and one we have been waiting for a very long time.  


On March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. city council chambers at city hall, the Mission Viejo City Council will vote on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the naming of the dog park competition and also announce to the public the grand opening date.  It would be wonderful to see the support of the dog park at the city council meeting and for the announcement of the name and for the grand opening.  The address of the dog park is 24970 Felipe Road in Mission Viejo between La Paz and Oso Parkway.  See you there! 


January 31st, 2014 -  On Tuesday, February 18th, the MV Community Services Commission will be narrowing down the list given to them from the Friends of the Mission Viejo Dog Park committee for the naming of the dog park.  The committee had received 1700 entries and narrowed it down to 25.  The Community Services Commission will narrow that down to 5 and then send it to the City Council.  The City Council will vote on a winner at their meeting on March 3rd.  The Community Services Commission meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Council Chamber at Mission Viejo City Hall. 


January 15th, 2014 -  Happy New Year!!  Mission Viejo Dog Park is scheduled to be completed by the spring or summer of this year.  Please check back for the date of the grand opening!



November 4th, 2013 - Mission Viejo City Council meeting tonight at 6 p.m.  The council will be voting on additional funds:

Recommended Action: (1) Issue a change order to GMC Engineering in an amount not to exceed $198,000 and issue a purchase order and (2) adopt Resolution 13-XX Amending CIP 313 Mission Viejo Dog Park Budget by $190,600 for Bid Alternate Irrigation Installation and $21,834 to Recognize the Donations Received.

Basically the original bid was for a bare bones park and the council purposely omitted the cost of this irrigation installation.  But, now there are 4 or 5 groups lined up to volunteer to help with planting.  So, we need this type of irrigation sooner rather than later.  

The agenda item is under "old business".  Please do everything you can to be there.  If you can't go, please send your support in an email and ask them to read it at the meeting.  But, again way more important to show your support in person.  Let me know if you need email addresses again.

Thank you!


October 16th, 2013 - I have been busy putting brochures about the dog park at pet stores and vet offices around town.  We still need to sell pavers for the dog park.  But, I wanted to share with you an update about our dog park, donations, rules, etc.


First off, there was an article/blog written by Desi Kiss who ran in the last city council race.  I emailed Peter the editor of the Mission Viejo Patch but never heard back.  I wanted to know if he checks the information on the article before he publishes it.  This is what I sent him:

Desi Kiss has some erroneous info on his article about the dog park and costs.  First of all, the CIP budget was $888,888 not $960,000 as he states.  Almost a hundred grand difference!

Also, the council did not omit the cost of the irrigation, they elected not to include that in the base bid as this is a "bare bones" park to begin with.   Now that there are 4 or 5 groups lined up to volunteer to do some planting they are asking for the irrigation to be put in.  This is a widespread community effort for this people park that people can finally bring their dogs to.  

Desi also forgets that this project has been 10 years in the making.  The budget includes all of the research, plans, drawings that have occurred over the last several years at different sites.  Parks costs money especially when they continually get delayed.


Good news - the dog park annexation process was finally approved last week so that the dog park is only in Mission Viejo.  This means we can move forward with rules and regulations.  

I will be attending the commission meeting on Oct 22nd where Keith Rattay will ask the commission to change the rules of plaques and such at the dog park and to come up with costs if someone truly wants a plaque with their name or business.

Also, I will have a table at the Hometown Halloween event on Oct. 26th from 4 to 8 p.m. to continue to pass out paver and donation info.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  
Thank you! 



August 7th, 2013 -  The Friends of the Mission Viejo Dog Park are helping sponsor a name the dog park competition.  An online form is available at  Please tell your friends, neighbors and family - good luck!


July 28th, 2013 - If you are interested in purchasing a paver for the dog park or simply donating, please click on the link above - thank you!

July 20th, 2013 - The Bone Yard Bash was a smash with roughly 170 people attending the fun-filled July 13th event that raised more than $12,000 for the Mission Viejo Dog Park.  


The event in the Kershaw Gardens at the Civic Center featured a silent auction, live entertainment and a dog-training session by well-known trainer Paul Yevilov.  


Construction on the 6-acre dog park located along Felipe Road just south of Gilleran Park is expected to begin on Monday, July 22nd with some prep work.  Dirt on the site will be moved toward the end of next week.  Construction is expected to take several months to complete. That will be followed by a planned maintenance period to ensure the grass is mature to handle the active dog play.  


A ground breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at 4:00 p.m.  The address of the new dog park is 24970 Felipe Road in Mission Viejo.  Also, the Friends of the Mission Viejo Dog Park will have a booth at the Pacific Symphony Concert on July 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. to sell pavers and to hand out forms for the "Name the Dog Park" competition.  


Help name the city's dog park.  The competition is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Dog Park.  You could be one of the three top winners.  The first place winner will receive an IPad Mini; second place will receive an IPod Touch and the third place will receive and IPod shuffle.  These prizes are all donated by MCE Engineering, GMU Geotechnical, Inc. and RJM Design Group.  Pick up a form at city hall or at the library.


Hope to see you at both events!



July 2nd, 2013 - Congratulations to GMC Engineering for winning the contract to build our dog park in Mission Viejo.  Construction should start either later this month or beginning of August. Yay!  


Now we need to furnish our dog park with benches, water fountains, chairs, shade structure, etc.  Please purchase your tickets to the Bone Yard Bash dog park fundraiser on Saturday, July 13th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kershaw Gardens in Mission Viejo (near library).  Please see the previous post for event info.  Hope to see you all there - thanks!


June 27th, 2013 -  Contract will be awarded to the winning contractor for our dog park this Monday, July 1st at 6 p.m.  City council meeting is at the civic center, across from the library.  Please show your support and attend the meeting - thank you!  Also, please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to purchase tickets for our Bone Yard Bash on July 13th, from 6 to 9 p.m.  $30 tickets of which $15 is tax deductible will cover one drink coupon and the following:  Appetizers and drinks from Montego Restaurant; dinner provided by The Meat House of Mission Viejo (they will have vegetarian options); dessert provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes; sweets table by Sensational Sweets and a coffee station from Bagels and Brew of Mission Viejo.  Also, the Saddleback College Jazz Quartet featuring guest artist Joey Sellers; Teryn Carter Duo; TR Reis Engaging Magic and Puzzles; Paul from K-9 training; The Alicia Pet Care Center; CARMA; and wonderful baskets for our silent auction.  Please buy your tickets and pavers today - thank you!



June 23rd, 2013 -  It was great to meet new people and their dogs at the DAWG Walk this weekend!  Much excitement about the upcoming vote on July 1st to award the winning contractor and construction starting most likely in August.  


 We need people to purchase their tickets and pavers soon!  Also, please note that dogs are not allowed at the Bone Yard Bash.  The only dogs there will be the ones at the two rescue groups.  Our dogs will get their day when we have the grand opening of our dog park!  Please purchase your tickets and pavers today - thank you!




May 29th, 2013 -  Great news!!  You may now purchase Bone Yard Bash fundraiser tickets and pavers online at  Please check out our sponsors listed above and on our Friends of MV Dog Park page.  Support their businesses as they are supporting our dog park.  Thank you!  


On a personal note, I am now an independent contractor with Paaawz Pet Sitting.  I am very excited about this!  Please check out  Looking forward to taking care of your furry families. Thank you!  


We are still in need of donations for our silent auction.  We will probably have plenty of dog related products but are in need of other baskets.  Here is a list of possible basket ideas:


Entertainment Basket - Movie tickets, popcorn, gift card, etc.  

Angels Basket - tickets, parking provided, Angel shirt, etc.  

Wine Basket - wine and other yummy treats.  

Beach Basket - towels, sand toys, beach chair, etc.  

Lakers or Clippers Basket - sports gear, basketball, t-shirts, caps, etc.


Gift cards to restaurants, Lowe's, Home Depot, Bath and Beyond, etc., any store would work!  If you would still like to donate a pet related basket, please do so!  Please contact Susan at to obtain a donor form.  Thank you!







May 20th, 2013 - Please visit Larry's Independent Service at  They do excellent auto repair work and have been established in the community for many years.  They are currently offering a $25 referral bonus for new customers.  While you are at their shop, log into Facebook and "check-in" at Larry's shop.  They will donate $1 towards every post.  There phone is (949) 264-3009.


May 16th, 2013 -  The Bone Yard Bash is coming together very nicely!  So exciting to have The Meat House of Mission Viejo providing dinner, Nothing Bundt Cakes of Mission Viejo providing desserts, Bagels and Brew of Mission Viejo for providing a coffee station and Sensational Sweets for providing a sweets table.  Montego Restaurant in SJC has just signed on to be a sponsor as well!  We are still working on obtaining rentals, bar supplies, paper goods, etc.  It will be an exciting evening of food, live entertainment, silent auctions, demonstrations, rescue booths and more - all taking place at the Kershaw Gardens in Mission Viejo on July 13th, from 6 to 9 p.m.  


We already have some exciting donations for the fundraiser including a 3 hour Newport Beach Harbor Cruise for up to 15 people, includes food and drink, donated by Antis Roofing in Irvine.  Also, Infiniti of Mission Viejo is donating a Weekend Escape Package valued at $750 (use of an Infiniti for the weekend).  Other gift baskets donations are coming in from Elements Therapeutic Massage; Thirty-One Gifts; Pet Supply Warehouse; Alicia Pet Care Center; Pet Country; Paawz Pet Sitting, Scentsy, Pacific Soap Company, Harley's Poop Patrol and more.  

We still need more enticing gift baskets to raise more funds.  We also need a rental company to volunteer to help us out with tables and chairs.  Invites and flyers will start going out later next week.


Please contact Susan at if you can help with donations or to volunteer.  Thank you!





May 3rd, 2013 -  Bad news for the dog park.  Because of events that transpired today, the city must reject all bids and start all over.  Contract will now be awarded on July 1st with construction starting end of July.  


This is obviously very disappointing but we will continue to move forward.  The Boneyard Bash will still happen on July 13th from 6 to 9 p.m.  If you would like any further details, please email Susan at  Thank you.



May 2nd, 2013 -  Mission Viejo City Council will vote this Monday, May 6th at 6 p.m. on the winning contractor for the dog park.  The agenda shows it as being #19 but they have moved it much earlier.  The agenda item will now be right after public comments.  I encourage everyone who can to show your support with your attendance.  


Also, please check back next week with information on where to purchase tickets for the "Boneyard Bash" dog park fundraiser on July 13th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kershaw Gardens in Mission Viejo.  Also, if you would like a fundraiser letter and donor form to share with friends, neighbors and businesses, please email Susan at  Thank you!





February 27th, 2013 - The fundraiser gala event is now called the "Boneyard Bash".  It will be held on the evening of July 13th, 2013 at the MV Civic Courtyard and Kershaw Garden area.  Please check back for further details.  Thank you!


February 13th, 2013 - We have started planning for our "Black Tie and Tails Gala" which will be held the evening of July 13th, 2013.  We will be meeting soon to form committees and sub-committees to make this a fabulous event!  Please e-mail Susan at if you are interested in being a part of this fundraiser.  Also, please e-mail me if you would like to donate towards the fundraiser and/or the dog park.  Donations towards Silent Auction Baskets are also needed.  If you would like to contribute items towards the gift baskets, please let me know.  Thank you!


December 5th, 2012 -  I need to thank all of you who wrote emails to the city council and staff - thank you so much!!  


Also, a big shout-out to businesses that distributed my flyers:  Alicia Pet Care Center; Pet Supply Warehouse; Pet Country; Pets Plus and Sand Bar Pet Shop.  Thanks to everyone!  Please keep coming back for updates on the status of our dog park and the fundraiser we will be having in 2013 - thanks!


December 4th, 2012 -   My post on Facebook last night...


We won!!  I am so proud of all my dog park supporters (friends, family and new friends) who were able to attend the meeting tonight and show their support with their attendance and with their comments.  Wow!  I am so proud of Mayor Frank Ury, Council Member David Leckness and Council Member Trish Kelley with their thoughts and reasons for voting this through!  Way to go Mission Viejo!!


Please check back after the holidays for info on a fundraiser to raise funds for extra items for the dog park like shade structure, trees, bushes, etc.  Thank you! 



Dec. 3rd, 2012 - TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!

FINAL VOTE ON THE MISSION VIEJO DOG PARK, DEC. 3RD AT 6 P.M.  The agenda shows it being #11 but it will actually be right after public comments.  Plan to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

Please check the Nov. 20th entry for further info - thanks!


November 27th, 2012 -  One of many awesome letters written by one of our supporters to council members:


Ms. Kelley:


I have written to you and other members of the Council in the past concerning this issue.  With the dog park again on the upcoming agenda I just wanted to reiterate my request that you strongly support the park in the proposed site up off of Olympiad next to the ball parks.


Despite Ms. Schlicht’s obvious attempts to convince them otherwise, the adjacent residents will NOT be prejudiced.  It is not like every dog owner in the city will be using the park all at one time thus causing additional traffic and/or parking issues, and given just the daily traffic noise that is routine on Olympiad, there is no way the residents are ever going to hear additional noise (barking or otherwise) over the current traffic noise.  The adjacent property owners seem to have no trouble at all with the noise and traffic issues from the ball fields where hundreds of kids and their parents converge simultaneously, but the dog park is a problem for them – this makes no sense!  As to the allegations of building the most expensive dog park in history, that is simply another of their bashing techniques!  This site makes the most sense to the majority of our citizens, and even if the grading costs are a bit more than some of the other proposed sites, so what?  We have funds coming into the city that MUST be used only for parks so why not spend it to add a wonderful new facility to our parks?!?  Those that say they would use an existing park for this purpose are obviously not familiar with the history of the site selection and the funding involved.  This is just another case of Ms. Schlicht spurring her supporters to spread biased and incorrect information about this whole project! 




I look forward to seeing you in the council chambers on December 3rd!




Debbie Corwin 


November 26th, 2012 -  I would like to address the concerns of Quail Run and Pacific Hills residents.  I am aware that Cathy Schlicht and company have been going door to door in these neighborhoods and telling lies and misconceptions of what a dog park will do to our community.  


1.  The dog park will be at least 1000 feet away from Quail Run.

2.  It will include parking which will also help with parking for baseball, soccer, dog lovers and to help alleviate parking issues on Felipe.

3.  It does not use taxpayer money at all.  It will use 9% of the Parks & Recreation money the city has coming in and will not touch any reserves.  Money is not an issue.  The dog park issue has been going on for over 10 years and will cost more and more each year.  We could have had a dog park for much less a couple of years ago but Cathy Schlicht and gang made sure to go door to door telling residents lies and misconceptions of what a dog park would have done close to Oso Viejo.  It is a positive asset, not a negative one.  

4.   It will beautify a ugly barren hump of a hill.  The city is going to accomodate those who live across from Felipe who didn't want to see the dog park by leaving part of the hill and surrounding the dog park with bushes and trees.  It will give more of a view of the arroyo when it is done then there is now.

5.  The residents who live across from Felipe won't even hear anything as the traffic on the street creates ambient noise. Plus, if you have ever been to a dog park, it is not noisy.  Dogs are happy to be off leash and bark less as opposed to when they are leashed and encounter other dogs on leash.
6.  The dog park will only be open during daylight hours.

It will be a gorgeous park that our residents can enjoy and take their dogs to run freely and play with other dogs.  It will be great for residents to come together.  It will be great for MV businesses as people will stay here to go to a dog park and spend their money here, as opposed to traveling to Irvine, Laguna Beach, etc. and spending their money there. Please note that you do not have to live in Mission Viejo to attend the meeting and/or send an email to the council.


Please share with your neighbors, friends and family - thank you! 


November 20th, 2012 - THIS IS IT!  The final vote on our dog park in Mission Viejo will be voted on at the Monday, Dec. 3rd MV City Council meeting.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the dog park will be on the agenda around 6:30 p.m.  The city council chamber is located across the parking lot from the MV Library.  When you arrive at the city council chamber, please fill out a "Request to Speak form" on an agenda item and hand it to the city clerk, Karen Hamann.  She is the person at the very end of the dais, far right.


If you are uncomfortable with public speaking (I know I am), we can have someone else read your email or letter to the council.  Please just let me know - thank you!


I cannot stress enough how important it is to attend this meeting, voice your support and to email the council and staff.


Please attend the meeting and voice your support for the dog park.  If you have a dog park t-shirt, please wear it.  Otherwise, please wear a blue shirt.  I will have a couple of extra t-shirts with me outside the city council chamber before the meeting.  Please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to attend this meeting and show support for our dog park.  


It is also crucial to send an email voicing your support to the following city council members and staff: (has voted against it) (has told the residents of MV that we will never get a dog park and that we don't deserve it)  (Director of Public Services)   (City Clerk) 


On a side note:  Wendy Bucknum lost the election to Cathy Schlicht by a very slim margin.  We were all shocked that Schlicht won, even though more and more residents were aware of how terrible she is for our great city.  The only reason Schlicht won are the following reasons:


1.  It is tough to beat an incumbent.  If someone is unaware of a council member's policies and behavior, they will almost always vote incumbent since the city is doing a great job.  


2.  Schlicht and her gang are thieves and liars.  It had to be one of the most immoral and corrupt elections this group has delivered.  They consistently stole Ury and Bucknum signs, night after night.  Their handmade signs stating lies about Ury and Bucknum all over town and around schools where their kids attend?  Despicable! 


3.  Schlicht and her gang were calling Mission Viejo residents who are Republican (majority of Mission Viejo) and asking them to vote for Schlicht/Sachs/Romney and Ryan - grouping themselves with the Republican nominee for the presidential election.   Ury and Bucknum are also Republican but know that city politics isn't about Democrats or Republicans, it's about what's best for our community.  Schlicht and her gang will do or say anything to get elected, no matter how immoral or corrupt.


Feel free to include your thoughts on this in your email to the council and ask them to share it at the meeting.  Thank you! 


November 8th, 2012 -  Please keep watching for updates as important info will be addressed - thank you!


October 8th, 2012 -  Instead of posting more comments (and being attacked with lies) on recent articles, I am going to update everyone on what are the actual facts regarding our dog park, electronic billboards and other recent comments on the patch.  


First off, the opposition to our dog park, library, animal shelter, etc.  like to hide behind fake names like Nicky Wealch, Leonard Darwin, etc.  Ironic how those who call for transparency hide their identities for articles and blogs.  Such cowards!


Another lie thrown out by Cathy Schlicht and Ed Sachs is "the plan for huge electronic billboards" at Kaleidscope and between Crown Valley and La Paz.  The applicant applied for six signs and the city turned them down.  The city directed staff to work on alternatives and to also discuss with other city planning directors and to get their input.  There are NO plans for signs between Crown Valley and La Paz.


Once again, the dog park is not going to be funded by taxpayer money.  It is not going to take any money from the huge amount of reserves the city enjoys.  Over 8 million is from development fees that has gone into the Parks and Recreation Division.   This money can only be used on parks.  Only on parks - not slopes, education, shopping centers, streets, etc - just on parks.  The dog park will only have to use less than 1/8 of those monies.  


Yes, we could have had a dog/people park a couple of years for less but the opposition, i.e. Schlicht and gang, ruined that for our great city.  It is their stalling techniques that have made this dog park cost more because it is now 10 years in the making.  Fortunately the city has the money without coming from taxpayers or the reserves.


This group is grasping at ANYTHING to create a campaign for themselves.  Please vote for Ury and Bucknum!


October 6th, 2012 -  Please read and post your comments - thank you!


October 1st,  2012 -  MV City Council elections this November.  I support Frank Ury and Wendy Bucknum as they support a dog park, animal shelter, library, concerts in the park, senior center and everything else that is great about our city.  You may visit their websites at and  It is very important to vote for Frank Ury and Wendy Bucknum and to tell your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.  


The status of our dog park is that it will be on the city council agenda in either November or December.  There is roughly 8 million from development fees going into the Parks and Recreation division that can only be used on parks.  So, the money is there for a dog park and so much more.  There will be no need to go into reserves.  This is not being funded by tax payer money like the opposition likes to spew!


The construction will most likely start in the Spring to avoid trying to grade during a possible rainy season with completion being, at the latest, Fall of 2013.   Once bidding occurs, look for information on a fundraiser to help with items like shade structure.


If you would like to be on my e-mail list for further updates on our dog park, please send me an email to


Links to their website above...thanks!


June 30th, 2012 -  Please check out the article on the patch and post your comments - thank you!


June 23rd, 2012 -  The 2012 DAWG Walk and Pet Faire was a huge success!  It was great to see new faces and old friends at my booth promoting our dog park.  Thanks to those who donated, bought a t-shirt or just came by to hear the latest update.  A special thank you to fellow dog park supporter, Debbie Corwin, her dog Bear and my daughter, Corissa.  They were able to help me at the booth, answering questions and handing out flyers.  Bear is our mascot and the dog on this website and bumper stickers. :-)


Here is the latest update:


The City of Mission Viejo is currently finalizing the land swap with the County of Orange.  Once the swap is complete and funding is in place, then the city will seek approval from council to seek bids.  Hopefully the bidding can occur towards the end of this year with construction maybe starting in spring after the winter rains.  Depending on the grading needed, etc. we could see our dog park finished by the fall of 2013.  I know that sounds like a long time away but for those who have seen this project start over 10 years ago, this is just around the corner. :-)


Once construction on the dog park begins, please check this website for information on fundraisers we will hold for extra items like shade structures, etc.  


Please email Susan at if you would like to be on the email list for updates.  Thank you! 


June 21st, 2012 -  Check out the new page of Irvine's Dog Park opening day pictures.  Hopefully we will have pictures like this of our own dog park in the near future!  


The DAWG Walk and Pet Faire is this Saturday, June 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon.  I will have a table there so please come by and say hello. Thank you! 


May 8th, 2012 - The UDR project and the land swap deal passed.  Great news!  This is a big step towards our dog park!!

I had to leave before the land swap discussion because my kids were hungry and cranky.  We had already been there for 2 1/2 hours.  

If you can, watch the video of the meeting at item #11 to hear the ridiculous claims of Cathy Schlicht.  She mentioned several times that the dog park is not a "big item" and that dog owners wouldn't use it.  She also claimed that residents of Quail Run were definitely opposed to it.  So, if you live in Quail Run I would suggest sending her an email and cc'ing the rest of the council.  If you would use the dog park, I would most definitely send her an email and cc the rest of the council. The fact is that the dog park wasn't a vote last night, it was the land swap only and the UDR project.

Because the first UDR project vote didn't pass a few weeks ago, we will not receive the park fees until they have the city permit.  It will most likely be November or December before that happens as they have to demolish the site currently there at the Los Alisos location.

Please send your email and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

cc the following:

Thank you,



May 7th, 2012 - The city council will vote again tonight on the land swap needed for the dog park and to complete the implementation of the Arroyo Trabuco Trail.  Council member Trish Kelley may vote on the land swap this time as she currently does not sit on the commission.


They will also be reconsidering an amendment to the conditions of approval for the Los Alisos apartment project.  I hope to share some good news tomorrow.  Please check back - thank you!


April 6th, 2012 - Our dog park has hit another bump in the road.  


Because Schlicht, Reardon and Kelley voted no to REDUCE DENSITYand to receive roughly 4 million towards the Park and Rec department, the dog park is stalled, once again.


From Mayor Frank Ury:  The dog park now needs to await the decision on whether we can have a vote on the land swap and we will have to see what the Kmart developer will do with the park fees now that we are mandating affordable housing.  So, not much to do but wait.


One of the biggest problems with their vote of no, is that they insured higher density.  We will hopefully still get the money from the developer once the project is approved, yet because of their vote, this will be delayed for who knows how long.


Reardon and Schlicht have always been opposed to affordable housing.  But, now all of a sudden they vote for it?  It was just another way to screw the dog park community and the thousands of families in Mission Viejo.  


I am for affordable housing. The city was still going to meet state housing requirements without the Los Alisos site building affordable housing.  They are building affordable housing elsewhere in the city, including the land next to Target on Jeronimo.  


I would suggest reading the above article and post your comments regarding the newest delay.  Also, continue to send in your emails voicing your displeasure regarding their vote to:


and cc the following:


Thank you! 


March 30th, 2012 -  Please attend the April 2nd MV City Council meeting and voice your displeasure of another stalling technique from the Schlicht/Reardon/Gilbert/Holtzman gang during public comments.  Public comments are at the beginning of the beginning so it won't be a long night for you. :-)  If you can, please wear royal blue in support of our dog park or stop by the table and pick up a t-shirt. 


 I will have a table outside of the chambers handing out shirts.  Please support our dog park and lets get rid of these council members who can't think for themselves - thanks!



March 23rd, 2012 - Please voice your displeasure on yet another stalling technique from the Schlicht/Reardon/Holtzman/Gilbert group by sending an email to:


and please cc:


Thank you! 


March 21st, 2012 - On March 19th, 2012, the MV City Council defeated the land swap deal between the city and the County of Orange.  The vote was 2 to 2 with Mayor Frank Ury and councilman Dave Leckness voting for the land swap deal to move forward.  Council members Rhonda Reardon and Cathy Schlicht both voted no to move forward with the land swap.  Trish Kelley was recused from the vote as she sits on the Orange County Parks Commission.  The dog/people park is not dead.  The city is in the process of finding alternative plans for the land swap between the city and the county.


One of the issues that Reardon and Schlicht kept speaking about was the presumed cost of  the dog park.  The issue and vote was not to be of any cost but just the land swap.  They couldn't seem to understand or hear this.  Another issue was the discussion between an agreement between the city and the county to exchange two parcels of land - 2.71 acres of county land at the dog park site for 7. 18 acres of city land behind Saddleback College to extend a county trail.


Supporters say that the land the county will be receiving from the city would eventually be used to enhance ocean-going walking trails, and are therefore useful to residents as county land.  The county wants 1.5 acres to complete the implementation of the Arroyo Trabuco Trail.  It is the only regional trail connected to Mission Viejo.


All Cathy Schlicht could see (or at least told to speak about) was the difference between 3 and 7 acres and just couldn't believe how stupid the city was of even thinking about it because it's just not a fair exchange.  She couldn't see what the city would also receive in terms of what the county would do with the land; something that the city wasn't interested in doing to expand the trail.  It would have been a win win!  The problem with these two women is that if the land swap proposal would have been the city giving away 1 acre in exchange for 7 acres, they would have still voted no because they do not want a dog park.  They vote the way Larry Gilbert tells them to vote as they have no sensible or reasonable thoughts of their own. 


Reardon kept saying that she was indeed for a dog park but not the cost.  Reardon kept saying she was open to finding alternative sites for the dog park that wouldn't cost as much.  Reardon seems to know more about alternative sites than all of the research done over the last 10 years done by council and commissions.  The research has been done over and over again with no other sites appropriate for a dog park.  Schlicht/Holtzman/Gilbert keep saying "just put fences around Barbadanes and make that your dog park for cheap".  Yet another stalling technique as they know the neighborhood in that area would go ballistic as it is very inappropriate as a dog park as the park is for kids and too close to neighbors.  


Since Rhonda Reardon really does want a dog park and knows more about the research than everything done in the past, she owes it to the city and our citizens to tell us exactly where and how much for this dog park.  This should be on the agenda on the next city council meeting.


We could have had a dog park two years at the Oso Viejo Park site behind the Murray Center and far enough away from neighbors and the Senior Center.  It would have only cost around $250,000 as the land was ready to go.  After the vote came in and the Oso Viejo site was approved, Cathy Schlicht took it upon herself to go door to door with the neighbors near the park.  She told them lies and misconceptions about what the dog park would do to their neighborhood resulting in a lawsuit from one of the neighbors.  Trish Kelley reluctantly took back her vote and the dog park was back on the drawing board. 


One of the most exasperating aspects of this is that the city is receiving over 8 million from development fees that they can only use on parks.  Just parks  - not slopes, roads, shopping centers, etc.  This is not taxpayer money that the city is taking away from anyone!  The dog park will use less than 1/8 of those fees.  1/8!!  They don't even have to go into the huge amount of reserves that the city currently has.  


The Schlicht/Reardon/Gilbert group is constantly griping about spending money for anything great for our city.  Well, they truly are not adverse to spending money as the following shows:



  • $750,000 because they don't want to provide housing to people making less than $73,000
  • $600,000 plus for stalking the former city manager
  • $275,000 for a recall 8 months before the council member was up for election
  • $250,000 to take away private property rights for Mission Viejo citizens (Measure D)
  • $40,000 in a nuisance lawsuit by Cathy Schlicht against the city while she was a council member.



This group has caused the cost overrums on the Murray Center by their stalling techniques.  They have caused the Library, city hall, animal shelter, etc. to cost a lot more than they would have because of their stalling techniques.


The dog park, library, Murray Center, animal shelter, city hall, shade covers for bleachers, etc. all have one thing in common;  they bring people together and help build a stronger community.  They allow people to talk and get to know each other.  It's pretty clear that the Schlicht/Reardon/Gilbert group doesn't want that. 


March 3rd, 2012 - The Mission Dog Park was approved by the Orange County Parks Commission on Thursday evening. The approval was for the land swap between the County of Orange and the City of Mission Viejo. The City has received the preliminary deeds for the land swap and is in the process of reviewing them and working with County staff to finalize the deeds. Once the deeds are finalized, the staff will then present them to the Council for approval. It is the staffs desire to have them completed and ready for Council review at the Council meeting on March 19. If the Council approves the deeds for the land exchange, then the approved deeds would be submitted for approval back to the County Board of Supervisors in April or May based on the County’s schedule.


January 12th, 2012 - Update from The City of Mission Viejo:  "We are finalizing our discussion for the land swap needed for the dog park.  We are looking at swapping 3 acres south of the MV Animal Shelter with the land we need for the dog park.  This action will most likely be discussed at the first meeting in February."


January 9th, 2012 -  Happy New Year!  Please check back frequently as the final vote should be happening in the next month or so.  Also, please join our Facebook page under the title "The Mission Viejo Dog Park".  If you would like to be on my email list, please email me at  Thank you!


Nov 15th, 2011 - Planning and Transportation voted 3 to 1 in favor of the design and environmental studies of our Dog Park.  Next step...MV City Council will have the last vote.  Please check back for when the Dog Park will be on the agenda at a city council meeting.  Thanks to those who attended the meeting and emailed the commission.  


Nov. 2nd, 2011 - Planning and Transportation Commission to Review Proposed Dog Park on Nov. 14th at 6:30 p.m.  



FYI - The Nov. 14th 6:30 p.m. meeting is finally the second to last meeting we will have on our dog park .  Once it goes one last time to the MV City Council, that is it!  We need your attendance as your support for our dog park - thank you!!  Please wear royal blue if possible.  Meeting held in city council chamber which is across the parking lot from the library.


If you can't make the meeting, please email your support to the commission at  Thank you!


 At its November 14, 2011 meeting, the Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing to review the environmental documentation associated with a City initiated petition submitted by the City of Mission Viejo Public Services Department for the development of a dog park on approximately 6 gross acres of vacant land located to the south of James G. Gilleran Park on the westerly side of Felipe Road, between Tamarind and Fieldcrest. 


For the purpose of State compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, the City is processing an Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed project.  The proposed dog park will provide three separate areas for dogs to run off-leash as follows: (1) large dogs will have a fenced area that totals approximately 1.4 acres; (2) small dogs will have a fenced area that totals approximately 0.6 acres; and (3) a separate fenced area that totals approximately 0.1 acres will be provided for people that want an area for their dog to exercise by itself. 

In addition to the three dog exercise areas, the proposed project includes surface parking for 42 cars, a pedestrian walking trail around the perimeter of the dog park, landscaping throughout the park and the building pad slopes, low-level safety and security lighting, bench seating with shade canopies, three drinking fountains, and split rail and chain link fencing.  The east half of the proposed dog park, which comprises approximately 2.71 acres, is located in the County of Orange, and the remainder is in the City of Mission Viejo.  The 2.71 acres of County of Orange property will be annexed into the City of Mission Viejo by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) if the project is approved.  The City of Mission Viejo property is located in the R (Recreation) zone.

The Planning and Transportation Commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. or soon thereafter in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Civic Center.  


Please attend the meeting and show your support for our dog park.  Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to attend as well - thank you! 


Oct. 4th, 2011 - If you went to a city council meeting in MV on Oct. 3rd, read an article in the MV Dispatch (which I highly do not recommend) or even read in the, you would think that our dog park was done and gone.  Not true!!  Here is a comment from one of our council members, Trish Kelley, which she clearly stated at the council meeting as well.


I made a motion to place the $1.8 million budget surplus into our General Fund Reserves (with the exception of $35,000 to fund two shade structures).  I am still supporting a dog park and the tennis center; however, as I mentioned during my discussion of my motion, I feel that we can and should use park funds to build the dog park.  Park funds can ONLY be used for parks or recreation projects (such as the dog park and the tennis center), and we will be receiving over 8 million dollars in park funds from the two apartment projects which were recently approved.  Also, just because we put the money into reserves doesn't mean that we can't pull it out later.  I thought it was a good idea to put the surplus funds in the General Fund Reserves at least for a time, while we decide the best way to spend them (possibly on projects that could not be covered by park funds) or perhaps to keep them there to maintain a higher reserve level.  It is also possible that we can fund the dog park from reserves and then reimburse the reserves when we receive the park funds, if that provides better timing for us. The dog park is not dead!  And the Gilleran location has already been discussed at length and approved.  


So, the dog park is alive and well! 


 Sept. 26th, 2011 - Update from the City of Mission Viejo:

Here is the update from the City of MV regarding our dog park:

The City of Mission Viejo has been working for several months on preparing the necessary environmental documents and working drawings for the construction of the dog park. A portion of the land for the proposed dog park is located within the County of Orange. This land has been set aside by the County of Orange in a  land reserve. In order to release this land from the designated reserve, the city had to prepare extensive environmental inventory documents and determine if any portion of the land was sensitive. Additionally, the city will be required to swap the county land with other city land to the south near the Animal Services Center. Environmental review of the this land was also required. This analysis has been submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Service, by the County, who will determine if the quality of the swap land is acceptable to be placed back into the reserve and how many acres will be required to swap. The city anticipates that direction will be received from the Fish and Wildlife Service in the next few weeks. Once this information is received by the County, the City will incorporate this request into the environmental documents. This document, referred to as the “Mitigated Negative Declaration” (MND) ,  will then need to be legally circulated for 30 days for public input and comments. Once this has been received the City will submit to the Mission Viejo Planning and Transportation Commission for review and approval and then to the City Council for budgetary request and authorization to go to bid.
The city anticipates that this MND will be completed and submitted for the 30 day review in Mid October and presented to the Planning and Transportation Commission in November and to City Council for budgetary review in December, 2011. If the council approves the project then the project can bid in December with bids being received in February and construction to begin in the spring of 2012.
FYI - We would have had a dog park already in place with minimum cost at Oso Viejo Park, past the Village Green back towards Arbolitos, if it wasn't for Council Member, Cathy Schlicht.  When the dog park was passed and approved, she took it upon herself to rile up the neighbors with lies and misconceptions about a dog park.  To keep the neighbors happy, Council Member Trish Kelley rescinded her vote to move forward with another location.  Unfortunately, the now approved site isn't ready like Oso Viejo so it will cost more but it will be amazing with a gorgeous view.  Fortunately, the City of Mission Viejo has the funds that they can only spend on "parks".  They can't use these funds on slopes, streets or anything else, just "parks".
If you would like to make a donation towards our dog park in MV, please visit city hall and ask for Keith Rattay.   Cash or check payable to City of Mission Viejo with "dog park" in the memo line.  Thank you!



August 8th, 2011 - We may not have won the dog park contest but we definitely didn't lose.  It was such an honor being one of the 15 finalists throughout this great country.  Thank you to the City of Mission Viejo and to Ariel Amaro for the outstanding video they created!


We have gained so many more supporters because of this contest.  Thanks to all of you who were able to vote amidst the difficulties of voting the first two weeks.  I know so many people became discouraged because of the difficulties in voting but we gained many more supporters through our volunteers and their dedication in handing out fliers and such. Please check out the recent articles.  Please continue to check back for the status of our dog park - thank you!


July 22nd, 2011 - Mission Viejo is in the finals to win $100,000 towards a dog park in Petsafe's Bark for Your Park Contest. You can vote twice daily; once at and once on your Facebook page.


1.  Go to and register to vote.

2.  View Mission Viejo’s entry, VOTE, then log out.  (If you don't log out, Facebook will think you voted already).

3.  From your Facebook page, visit Petsafe’s page and “like” them.  Click “Bark for your Park” at left column.  Go to Mission Viejo’s entry and vote.


Anyone, anywhere can vote for Mission Viejo.  If you have any difficulties voting, send me an email to  If you don't think you can vote everyday, just let me know and I can help.  Thank you! 


July 19th, 2011 - Petsafe's Bark for your Park Contest is undergoing some technical difficulties.  So, please be patient and register to vote for Mission Viejo.  Please address any questions or concerns to  Thank you!


July 13th, 2011 - We are officially a finalist in Petsafe's Bark for Your Park Contest.   ANYONE, ANYWHERE can vote for Mission Viejo to win $100,000 for a dog park.  Please encourage all of your friends and family to vote twice a day until August 3rd.  1st, please visit and vote for Mission Viejo, then log out.  Then, if you have a Facebook page you may also like Petsafe's page on Facebook and vote there.  On Petsafe's page, look to the left column and look for Bark for Your Park, click on that then select Mission Viejo's entry.  If you have any problems, just let me know - thank you!!


June 20th, 2011 - The DAWG Walk was quite a success!  If you signed up to receive e-mail updates, I sent out an e-mail today to test the new e-mail addresses given to me.  If you didn't receive an e-mail, please send me an e-mail to   Thank you!!


June 10th, 2011 - We are officially a semi-finalist in Petsafe's Bark for Your Park Contest!  Next, the City of Mission Viejo will create a 2 minute video showcasing our need and desire for a dog park in MV.  The judges at Petsafe will pick 15 out of the 25 semi-finalist videos and post them online on July 13th.  There will be 3 weeks of voting where each email address can vote each and every day.  I have a flyer that I can email you that everyone should post in their neighborhood and pass around.  Please contact Susan at to receive this flyer - thanks!


June 1st, 2011 - Voting in the initial phase of's "Bark for your Park" has ended.  Results will be posted on June 13th.  Please check back. Also, please be sure to check out the rest of this website and the articles posted.  Your comments would be much appreciated.  If you would like to be on the e-mail list for updates on the contest and dog park, please send Susan an email at  Thank you!


May 16th, 2011 -   17th Annual DAWG WALK & Pet Faire on Saturday, June 18th, 2011.  The Village Green at the Normany P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  FREE - Open to the Public (and their Dogs) from 8 a.m. to noon.  Dogs available for Adoption!  For more info, please visit   Thank you!


March 19th, 2011 -  Please be sure to check out the "Friends of MV Dog Park" page on this site.  We welcome PAAWZ PET SITTING and INSTANT KARMA DOG TRAINING.  Check out their sites - thanks!


March 17th, 2011 - Instant Karma Dog Training is having an awesome promotion. Purchase 3 or more training sessions and they will donate $25 toward the MV Dog Park. Their website is - check it out! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


February 22nd, 2011 - Please take a moment and read the articles on this site and post your comments - thank you!


January 4th - 2011  The Mission Viejo City Council voted 3-2 in favor of spending up to $79,000 on the final design of the dog park!


 "This next service will provide finalized design including grading, drainage, hardscape, irrigation, and geotechnical services. The consultant will prepare a comprehensive cost estimate based on the final design and working drawings for Council consideration to budget additional funds for construction and bidding schedule. It is anticipated that this next phase will take approximately three to four months and staff will return back to Council this Spring."  


Please continue to donate in the donation jugs at Alicia Pet Care Center, Pet Supply Warehouse, Family Member Veterinary Hospital, Sand Bar Pet Shop and Pet Country. Once construction on the dog park begins is when the city and supporters can look into larger donations from residents, businesses and corporations.  


Please continue to send your e-mails with your support of the dog park at the proposed location to the following city council and staff: (opposes allocating any money for a dog park) (opposes a dog park)


As stated from one of our dog park supporters, "As for the naysayers Rhonda Reardon and Cathy Schlicht who claim the city is on the very brink of utter destitution and therefore can't afford to build a dog park, I would like to point out a couple of facts. Schlicht had no problem at all with wasting a huge amount of the taxpayers' money in a recent recall election that took place only months before a regularly scheduled election. And Reardon sits on the Mission Viejo YMCA Board of Directors and is happy to extract millions from the city for that pet project. "


In fact, the state may be broke but Mission Viejo isn't.  The city has 53% in reserves.  If you haven't already, watch the city council meeting from Jan. 3rd, 2011.  The dog park is on the agenda around 7:25 p.m.  Frank Ury's comments are so eloquent and honest.  Video is online at


From another supporter:  "As Councilman Frank Ury pointed out at last night's meeting, if the city had adopted the same miserly attitude of Reardon and Schlicht over the years, Mission Viejo wouldn't have a senior center. Or tennis courts. Or a library. Or any other amenity the city now has and its residents enjoy. These enhancements are what make the Mission Viejo a desirable place to live. The city can well afford this much needed park for it 10,000 plus dogs and their people. For Cathy Schlicht to call the dog park proponents at last's meeting "selfish" and "irresponsible" was both very insulting and beyond the limits of civility.  Kudos to Council members Kelley, Ury, and Mayor Leckness for doing what's right and voting in favor of moving forward with this worthy and long overdue project."


From another dog park supporter:  "I can say unequivocally that a dog park will improve the quality of my life. It's exactly the kind of city expenditure I am eager to pay for. The thousands of others using it will say the same. It doesn't have to serve EVERY resident to be a worthy project. My household is not personally served by the swimming, golf, or tennis clubs scattered throughout the city, and we have never been to the Senior center. That, however, doesn't blind me to the needs of others, and those amenities that make Mission Viejo attractive."


From yet another dog park supporter:  "By designing and accomplishing a nice dog park for both the dogs and their masters, we will have more people willing to buy property in Mission Viejo. By word of mouth, we will have more people visiting our fair city, thus purchasing in our retail shops, gas stations and in general leaving some much needed tax dollars in our coffers. I have a little Havanese and she loves going to Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach dog parks. But I would much rather stay in my city and spend my money on her treats and save my gas money!"


Please check back frequently for updates on our dog park.  If you would like to be on the email list for updates, please send Susan an email to - thank you!



"The City Council on  April 19th, 2010 approved the location of the Dog park. The park will be located just south of Gilleran Park. The dog park usable space is approximately 2 acres and will have separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. The park currently is a large hill that faces Felipe Road. The project will require grading to create the flat usable pad for the dog park area. The city currently has $250,000 budgeted towards the park. The council directed staff to seek professional services to gain more accurate design information so that refined cost estimates can be determined. Staff has obtained an accurate base and is in the process of seeking professional design services.

Monday, June 28, 2010

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