Dogbone Meadow Dog Park Renovations

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 Dogbone Meadow Photo Small Dog Park Area

Dogbone Meadow Dog Park                                Dogbone Meadow Small Dog Area

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Star Construction is scheduled to begin construction on July 30, and the park will be closed for 3 months while the park renovation project is completed. See below for additional information. 

Project Overview

Dog Park Renovations (CIP 15-005)


The primary focus of this project is to improve site accessibility, replace one acre of turf and improve irrigation. The project will also provide a dog wash area, address seating and shade structure, add drinking fountains and other enhancements.       


The Dogbone Meadow Dog Park is located in O’Hair Park, which is on Novato Boulevard, west of Sutro Avenue.

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Improve accessibility, enhance amenities and provide for active recreation.


Design efforts are currently underway, but a definitive construction timeline is yet to be determined. City Council approved the plans and specifications at the March 27, 2018 regular meeting, and staff anticipate releasing a bid in April 2018. Staff anticipate construction will begin in Summer 2018.


Construction cost is estimated at $400,000-$600,000 (to be based on final funding authorization).

Status Update, 6/18/18:

On May 8, 2018 Novato City Council approved the Dogbone Meadow Dog Park construction contract in the amount of $540,248.42 to the lowest responsible bidder: Star Construction. The contract was executed on June 7, 2018.

The Dogbone Meadow Park Renovations project includes repairs and renovations to address deferred maintenance, accessibility code requirements and other improvements at the park. The work will consist of site grading, removal and replacement of irrigation system and lawn, installation of a year-round accessible asphalt path around lawn area, installation of multiple concrete/asphalt pads for new and existing amenities, new fencing and gates, relocation of shade structure, relocation of signs, installation of new site amenities such as drinking fountains and dog wash area.

The contractor is currently delivering the required submittals (shop drawings, material data, samples, and product data) for review and approval by a landscape architect and the project engineer. Some items will take up to 8 weeks to manufacture and deliver.

Improvements to the Dogbone Meadow Park involve the whole park, including small dog area, and the parking lot. Therefore, the whole park will be closed for a solid period of time. The contractor is planning to begin work on July 30. The park will probably remain closed for three (3) months.

Additional Info

Black Walnut Trees at Dogbone Meadow Dog Park
In November 2015, City staff held a community workshop as part of the Dogbone Meadow Improvement Project to define needs and wishes of the park users.

One of the topics of conversation at the workshop was the 13 walnut trees planted about 14 years ago as part of the original dog park design. Some park users requested the walnut trees be removed claiming they are harmful to dogs, while others wanted to keep these mature trees because they provide a lot of desired shade.

The City, made aware of differing opinions on the walnut trees among the park users, actively investigated. An arborist was hired to research this controversial subject.  The Arborist recommended the trees be retained, and the walnuts be regularly picked up. Please see Arborist Report for more information.

Contact Info

Project Manager
Gosia Woodfin, Assistant Engineer

Public Works Department

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