It is hard to believe, but the dog park is a recent phenomenon. The first dog park was established in Berkeley, California, in the late 60's. Since that time, the concept really took off. There are dog parks in small towns, large cities, and suburbs. The dog parks vary in size and features, but in general, they have fences, water fountains for people and puppies, and a section for small dogs.
Opinions vary about the size and necessity of a small dog section in a dog park. Anyone with a large, or particularly energetic dog, may think that a section for small dogs is wasted space. But, of course, people with smaller dogs have a different opinion, as do the owners of older and handicapped dogs who are often able to use the small dog section of a dog park.
Fortunately, at a park like Galt Bark Park, at Monterey Park in Galt, California, you don't have to choose. Galt Bark Park is generously sized, at three acres. But unlike a lot of dog parks, the small dog enclosure is completely separate from the large dog enclosure. They do not even share a fence. That in and of itself is unusual. Most often, different sections of a dog park share a wall, if not an entrance.
In this case, however, both parks are separated by a small playground and have separate, double-gated entrances. In fact, both park sections are equal in size and design. What makes Galt Bark Park great is the fact that both parks have the same equipment, only sized appropriately. So if your dog is, say a Dachshund, your pooch will have a smaller, shorter tunnel to crawl through than the large dog section.
And by the same token, the large dog section has higher hurdles and steeper ramps. Not only do both sections of the Galt Bark Park have agility equipment, but they also have poop bags, benches, and water fountains for dogs and their people. Galt Bark Park in Monterey Park is a big, beautiful dog park that is particularly well-designed for dogs of all sizes.