Noble Creek Park is on Oak Valley Parkway.
The dog park is located just past the Thunder Alley RC (motorized cars) track. It is behind a baseball field and it has two parking lots. While not overly large, there is about a quarter-acre of land on which the dogs can run.
The park is separated into two areas; One of the areas is for small dogs, which run up to 25 pounds.
Separating the animals keeps the bigger dogs from dominating the smaller ones.
Exhausted owners who want to cool their heels can take a seat while watching their pups gambol and play, and there are plenty of trees under which tired dogs can rest.
There are two signs that read, “Did you know you have to pick up after me?”
The park offers plastic bags to clean up Fido’s droppings.
Janet Jimenez and Leonard Delaney live just around the corner from the dog park. This is the first time they have taken Tracker, Jimenez’s six year old beagle, to the park. He is too small to play with the big dogs and on a recent afternoon was alone in the small dog park.
“I thought there would be more dogs on a Thursday,” Jimenez said. “We wanted Tracker to get used to other dogs. We have been thinking of bringing him over a lot but this is the first time we were able to.”
Delaney thinks the dog park is a good idea. “Very nice, especially for kids,” he said.
There are more people in the large dog area. Carole Hodnick brings her dogs Buster, a gray and white Siberian husky, and Fred, a beagle, to the park every afternoon. Hodnick is one of the 1:30 to 3:00pm crowd. “There are waves of people who come. Some come as late as 6pm. The park is used all the time,” Hodnick said.
Nikki Chapparosa and her friend Ryan Bastin brought their 13-month old Rottweiler, Yeager, to play. “We have been taking him for a year now and he loves it,” Chapparosa said.
“People give Rottweilers a bad name,” Bastin said. “He is really loving, a big baby.” Yeager proves it by putting his head on laps and smiling.
Hodnick says the park is like a play date for dogs. Most of the owners know each other and come almost every day. The owners sit conversing while the dogs run around barking. They circle the park before returning to butt heads against their owner’s knees demanding attention. Buster wastes no time in welcoming people, he gets up on the bench ready to hand out affection.
The regular dog owners keep the park orderly. “We are self-monitoring. I saw a pitbull come in and attack a St. Bernard,” Hodnick said. “When that happens we ask them to leave.” Hodnick and the other patrons want the dog park to be a safe place.
“Most of the dogs are friendly,” Hodnick said. “You can usually tell when they are playing and when they are really mean.”
Hodnick thinks the dog park is perfect except for one thing. ““People come to the park later in the summer because it is cooler,” she said. “We would love to get a light for the evening, which would be great.”
Elicia Casey, owner of Enlighten Dogs, runs training classes at Noble Creek Park betwee 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
Linda’s Rover Achievers also meet at Noble. The park Website offers more information on events and schedules. For more information, please click here.