President’s Message: Dog Parks

Kim Fuller

Good Afternoon Residents:

I have been getting a lot of questions about the dog parks, specifically why can’t the dog parks open?

Why can’t we open our dog parks when other dog parks are opening including the City of Indio dog parks? I can’t speak to how or why other areas decide to open a dog park. I will give you the current information available to us as to the guidelines for dog parks.

Here is the State Order regarding dog parks and the link to the webpage:

Here is exactly what the State says:

You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

Here is the link to the CDC webpage regarding dog parks:

Here is exactly what the CDC says about dog parks:

Walking a dog is important for both animal and human health and well-being. Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals, do not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Do not go to dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. To help maintain social distancing, do not let other people pet your dog when you are out for a walk.

Given this information I can’t tell you why the City of Indio has opened their dog parks, but they may do as they wish. Given that the HOA is responsible for all Common Areas including dog parks, the Board has decided at this time the dog parks need to remain closed. The Board does not believe dogs can maintain the distancing requirement of staying 6’ apart from other dogs and/or people.

Hopefully, this answers your questions about dog parks for the moment. As soon as we get new information, we will review it and let you know. Please be patient, we can only move forward based on what the State Order will allow. I guess the good news is any dog owner may go the City of Indio dog park and use them during this time that our dog parks must remain closed.

I wish you all a safe and healthy day. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kim Fuller