A photo of the initial construction of the path leading to the dog park. Taken August 17, 2020.

Dog Park Path Fix

            Improvements to provide a safe, all-weather pathway through the Happy Tails Dog Park were authorized Jan. 18 by the OVA Board of Directors. The new, permanent pathway down the center of the park will cost up to $48,000.

            The project won unanimous approval after directors heard reports that the current path, built on leveled soil, is hard to maintain, subject to erosion and unsafe.

            The construction proposal by Mitchell Landscapes of Petaluma calls for a permanent 5-foot-wide pathway running 488 feet from the landing off the dog park deck to the rear of the park. To address the erosion problem, a French drain line, a 4-inch perforated pipe, will be installed on the uphill side of the pathway with drain rock and filter fabric. Steel edging, gopher wire and filter fabric will frame the pathway and provide a finished edge.


      In recognition of cartoonist Charles “Sparky” Schultz’s long history with Oakmont’s West Golf Course, beginning on opening day, the board voted unanimously to purchase three Peanuts cartoon statues for $18,000. The statues, depicting Charley Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock, will be placed at the recreation centers. While not new, directors were told the statues have been kept inside and are in excellent condition. The resolution noted that Schultz played in a foursome to commemorate the golf course opening July 1, 1964 and had a set tee time every week. Board President Tom Kendrick called the purchase “sort of fun.”

        The board approved spending up to $20,000 to replace multiple stage curtains and upgraded audio/visual equipment at Berger Center. The work will be done by PCD of Santa Rosa and is part of the ongoing “Berger Refresh.”    


    The board gave unanimous approval to changing swimming pool policy to allow children 17 or younger access to the Central Pool when accompanied by an Oakmont resident or an adult 18 years or older with a valid guest card on all weekends and holidays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The resolution noted that the pool is heated and the Sonoma Valley climate is relatively mild “making use of all three Oakmont pools a pleasant and comfortable experience all year around.” Children are not allowed in the other two pools.