Although some people resist the idea of Homeowners Associations, there is no doubt that they provide a wide range of benefits to both residents and members. Each neighborhood or complex that becomes part of an association becomes a self-contained community, typically offering facilities and amenities to residents usually only available to hotel and spa guests.
One such area in Concord, California—Walnut Country—offers several facilities to its residents, including an off-leash dog park for residents. Over 1,000 homes between Walnut Creek and Clayton near Mount Diablo in East Bay are part of the Cowell Homeowners Association, the governing body which provides facilities to members and residents within the association.
Unfortunately, if you do not own a home in Walnut Country, you will not be able to take advantage of the dog park located at the Walnut Country Clubhouse unless you are allowed access as a guest. For members, however, access to the dog park is included in the fees paid to the HOA. To access the dog park, simply enter from the clubhouse and follow signs posted along the Greenbelt, the stretch of interconnected parks and sports arenas offered by the HOA.
Once you arrive at the dog park, you must present your photo ID badge, and then you will be able to take advantage of all of the amenities the park has to offer. The dog park is simply a flat, grassy area where dogs are allowed to go off-leash, and there are two separate enclosures to keep small and large dogs from interfering with each other’s’ playtime. For most of the day, the park is covered by the shade of strategically planted trees.
Metal drinking bowls are placed throughout the park for your dog to take advantage of, and any facilities that humans could want are located either throughout the Greenbelt or at the clubhouse. Although not available to the public, the Walnut Country Dog Park is an excellent place to take your dog if you are a resident of the Cowell HOA, and certainly something that you can take advantage of!