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About Us

Our dog park is under the stewardship of Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park, a non-profit 501(c)3 California corporation. It is comprised entirely of volunteers who have created and continue to maintain an enjoyable meeting place for pets and their owners in and around Penn Valley.

Back in 2008, the Western Gateway Park and Recreation District approved plans to build a dog park on the abandoned horse arena grounds inside Western Gateway Park.  Since that time major funding for capital improvements has been received from the Bear Yuba Land Trust (Al Salter Fund for Animals) and the McBeth Foundation. 

We have a current memorandum of understanding with the Western Gateway Park Board to maintain everything considered to be part of the dog park, and they in turn will continue to provide the dog waste bags, handle trash removal, and maintain the restroom facility.  They have also agreed to help us with other matters where possible.

We don't receive direct funding through county taxes, so future improvements and maintenance will rely heavily on volunteer help, association memberships and private donations.  That is why we need your annual support.

If you enjoy coming here, please tell your friends.  We always like to see new faces and happy dogs!


Current Board Officers - 2024

President - Tom Hartnett
Vice President - OPEN
Secretary - Nan Spier
Treasurer - Shauneen Deschaine
Director of Education - Beverley Ward

Director of Facilities - Dave Ryan
Director of Events
 - Dee Dee Riccio
Marco Glendinning- Board Member


Current Board Officers
Board Meetings

Board Meetings
Board Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Buttermakers Cottage. The date will be posted on the bulletin board and our facebook page beforehand. Everyone welcome!
If you want to attend a meeting and have a request or concern for the agenda, please include that information on our Contact page to allow time for discussion during the meeting. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed

We are seeking members who have some extra time to help us in the following areas:

  • Advertising/Publicity

  • Become a Board Member or Serve on a Committee 

  • Fundraising/Event Planning  

  • Dog Park Maintenance

  • Social Media Manager

  • Workday Help  (1 hour per month) 

Contact us If you would like to volunteer or have questions. 

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