FALLBROOK – Advance planning for Bark in the Park is underway for the annual event to be held Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Live Oak Park, 2746 Reche Road. This is the major annual fundraiser that benefits the off-leash Live Oak Dog Park that opened in May 2015.
Enthusiastic dog owners and their animals regularly convene at the locale located at the corner of Reche and Gird Roads across the street from the entrance to Live Oak Park, Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to dusk.
The area is run by the San Diego County Department of Parks & Recreation, however the Live Oak Dog Park committee is responsible for raising the annual payment of $5,000 to offset maintenance costs. Daily parking fees and annual parking passes contribute toward the payment, however, the greater amount comes from Bark in the Park fundraising profits.
Bark in the Park begins with a blessing of the dogs, followed by a walk along trails through Live Oak Park. Dogs and their owners will pass several historic sites in the park including a stop to see the off-leash area and learn about it. Throughout the day contests of all types such Cutest Puppy and Wackiest Trick earn winners applause and ribbons. Visitors will also see exhibitions of fly ball, agility, therapy training and a luring activity besides visiting various types of booths that will appeal to all.
General admission is free. Participation in the fundraising Dog Walk is $15 in advance, $20 after Feb. 15. Dog walk participants receive “Doggy Bags” with samples. Contest fees are $5 each. To register and pay in advance for the walk or the contests, visit www.liveoakdogpark.com or send a check by March 1 to: Live Oak Dog Park, P.O. Box 2974, Fallbrook, CA 92088.