By Christy McLeap

Adelanto has gone to the dogs and is a little more pet friendly these days. Saturday, December 17th the city of Adelanto will celebrate the opening of its first dog park. This makes the it the third dog park in the High Desert. There are two others with locations at the Town of Apple Valley’s Civic Center and Hesperia’s Lime Street Park.

City Manager Cindy Herrera said, “We are so excited for our residents and their pets to have a place where they both can enjoy the outdoors in a designated location.” “We want this ribbon cutting to be special and in addition to a free barbeque there will be a variety of vendors, information and plenty of giveaways.”

Community organizations of all kinds will be on hand Saturday providing information for all pet owners, including:

* Petsmart

* Paw Spa

* VCA Mesa Animal Hospital

* Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency

* Burrtec

* SCE HD Regional Partnership

* San Bernardino HHHW

* Don’t Trash Our Desert

* The City of Victorville (Environmental)

* Victor Valley Animal Protective League (VVAPL), which will provide free microchips for the first 50        visitors and charge $10.00 thereafter.

The new Dog Park will be open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, along with all parks in the City of Adelanto. There is a set of 16 rules posted at the park containing details and conditions that all dogs and owners are required to follow to use the park.

A program called ‘A Friends of Paws’ has been created to raise funds to help maintain the park, including one that’s underway right now, Herrera explains, “For a minimum $50 dollar donation, a 4 inch x 8 inch brick will be laid at the park. Each brick can have two lines inscribed with up to 16 characters on each line.” If you wish to order a brick you may do so by visiting the City of Adelanto’s website:

Various donations made by private companies helped in completing the dog park, including the largest, a $25,000 donation from the Ray Pryke Foundation. Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr said, “It’s this kind of public/private partnership that shows a strong spirit of cooperation in Adelanto.” “Our goal is to ultimately develop a second dog park in the south end of the city.”

Other companies generously donated products including Burrtec Waste Industries for the mulch and JT Construction for the concrete sidewalk.

Don’t miss it, 9 a.m. until noon Saturday morning, December 17th will the ribbon cutting and community barbeque happening rain or shine. Get more details by contacting Adelanto City Manager Cindy Herrera at (760) 246-2300 or by email at:, or Mayor Rich Kerr at (760) 246-2300 or by email at:


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