PLEASANTON -- The City Council has decided to build the town's second dog park on city property south of Bernal Avenue and west of Interstate 680.

The council last week picked the site in the city's Bernal Property and near a staging area for the Marilyn Kane Murphy Trail. The council also hired a design firm for $49,400 to draw up construction specifications for the off-leash dog park on the 1.5-acre site.

City managers and the city parks and recreation commission recommended the site as a good place for dogs because it's near open space, not too close to homes and has a water line in the area.

The site also is suitable to develop separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, as is done at many modern dog parks. The American Kennel Club has urged the city to provide separate small and big dog areas.

It's not known when construction would begin on the new dog park, said Steven Bocian, an assistant city manager. While the preliminary cost is $300,000, a more exact cost won't be known until the design is done and how many new parking spaces must be built is determined. The nearby trail staging area has 12 parking stalls.

In a report, city staffers said typical amenities for a dog park include benches, picnic tables, a shade structure, trees, water, a pooper scooper station, waste containers, irrigation and dog-oriented play features. Pleasanton's first dog park was built at Muirwood Community Park.

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