City of Imperial breaks ground for 1st dog park in Imperial Valley



IMPERIAL – The City of Imperial held their groundbreaking ceremony for a new dog park Friday, April 18 in the Sky Park Subdivision at the end of North Morning Glory Drive.

The as yet unnamed park will be a fenced in, non-leash park that will allow visitors to let their dogs run free in a contained environment.

Mark Gran

Mayor Pro-Tempore Mark Gran said, “This has been a long time coming. We have been talking about this for about 4 years. It wasn’t until Dale Johnson asked why don’t we have a dog park did the project start in motion.”

“This will be the only dog park in the Imperial Valley,” said Dale Johnson, Dog Park Committee Chairperson. “We think this will give the City of Imperial just another amenity for our residents. We did a survey and 500 people responded. 95% of the people want the dog park. 80% of the people who don’t even have a dog want the dog park. We do have a need here. There are hundreds of dogs in Imperial and now they’ll have a safe place to play.”

There will be 4 water fountains that are for people and dogs, shade structures, shade trees, restrooms, a small dog area, a dog training area, and a large grassy area for the dogs to run.

City Manager Marlene Best said, “We’ve been doing a lot of research on what makes a good dog park. We know the community is concerned about an off-leash dog park. It will be fenced. It will also have rounded corners so the dogs will not get into a situation where they may feel trapped in a corner. It will be a safe, fun environment for the dogs and the owners. A dog park may also become a networking club for the dog owners.

The Dog Park Committee Members include Rick Breland, Mark Gran, Dale Johnson, Jorge Galvan, Mike Burke, Marlene Best, Ember Haller, Dahlia Rodriguez, Steven Honse, and Stan Armstrong.

“We may have a contest to name the park,” said Gran.

The park is to open this summer.