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Park for tiny pooches planned in the Springs

At the request of local dog lovers, Sonoma County Regional Parks staff have created a plan for a new “small dog” park at Ernie Smith Community Park in the Springs community. Ernie Smith Park currently includes a half-acre dog park with picnic tables and a pet drinking fountain. Adding a second dog park would give all dogs more space to run and also would promote more harmonious arrangements for dogs of varying sizes.

The new 10,800-square-foot dog park will include a double-gated entry, plaza seating with benches, a “hi-lo” drinking fountain and shade trees. It will be designed to provide access for persons of all abilities and will be constructed in an existing turf area adjacent to other active uses.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation is seeking to raise $15,000 to offset the costs of the new dog park. The Parks Foundation has created a Wish List that outlines the costs of various items that can be sponsored. Expenses range from $24-per-foot for vinyl-clad chain link fence to more than $7,000 for a concrete mow curb. Businesses or individuals who donate $1,000 or more to the project will be recognized on a sign onsite.

Individuals who are interested in the project can learn more on the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation’s website: The website includes a downloadable wish list and offers convenient options for online donations.

For more information about fundraising for the new Ernie Smith “Small Dog” Park, contact Melissa Kelley, executive director of the Parks Foundation, at 565-1830 or

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