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History of the Canine Corral in Carmichael Park

The Canine Corral was the first off-leash dog park to be developed in Carmichael, California. It has been in operation for nearly twelve years.

In 1998 Laverne Shell, a Carmichael resident, collected 120 signatures on a petition from local residents. The petition asked the Carmichael Recreation and Park District (CRPD) to designate an off-leash area for dogs and their owners to socialize and exercise. Some of the petition signers started to work on plans to raise funds for the park. CRPD designated an area from an existing picnic sites in Carmichael Park. Several years passed. Residents organized the Carmichael Dog Park Society (CDPS) to support development of the facility. They raised money to fund waste cans, dispensers for doggy bags, umbrella for shade and numerous chairs for comfortable seating.

Park department funds were secured for permanent fencing, waste cans, and picnic tables. A water fountain for the dogs and their owners was installed in 2008. A covered bulletin board was built as an Eagle Scout project.  The Society added a shed for storage of tools and supplies. They raised funds for gravel to fill mud holes, to purchase litter bags for clean up, and to provide signage with instruction for the use of the park. 

The park was a new concept. Our canine friends could enjoy playing in groups and were very happy socializing as they chased balls, splashed in the wading pools and rolled in the dust. The pet owners looked forward to meeting their new dog loving friends at the park.  It was an opportunity to sit in the sunshine, sip a cup of coffee and share tips about dog kibble, flea medications and their favorite veterinarian.

In 2011, the name of the park was changed to the Carmichael Canine Corral.  The Corral became a very popular gathering place for residents of both Carmichael and the surrounding neighborhoods. Dogs and their owners came from Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms, Arden Arcade, Citrus Heights, Orangevale and North Highlands.

A current survey indicates that approximately 4,400 dogs visit the park each month with over 1100 visits each week.

After twelve years, the Corral is in need of a renovation. A Master Plan (in three phases) to renovate the Corral was approved by the CRPD in 2010 with a budget of $250,000.  The Carmichael Canine Corral has been asked to contribute $125,000, toward the three phases of the renovation which is 50% of the cost of the entire project.

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