Where Is It?
It takes a little bit of hunting, but look for the large recreation building, go through the gates and follow the trail to the playground filled with children. Keep going and you’ll see the dog parks at the end. The address is below:
840 Duncan Ranch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91914
This Chula Vista dog park is small by most measures. They have two separate gated areas: one for bigger dogs and a second for smaller dogs. Amenities include a doggy/human drinking fountain, business baggies (if you will), and a bench for the bipedal visitors. About half of the area is dirt, the other half is grass. It meets the basics for both furry and human friend, but both my dog and I thought there was something amiss. My dog actually whined a bit during our visit. I think it was because the other dog that was there was more interested in playing fetch than playing with her. She’s quite the social butterfly.
What Isn’t There
I understand that a good experience is made of more than just a fulfillment of basic needs, but there is also the factor of company. One thing that I love about having a dog is the social aspect; the inherent connection and friendship between dog owners based on each other’s dogs. They’re pack animals, which makes all of the humans pack members too. I did not feel this at the Monte Valle Dog Park. Perhaps my dog didn’t either, which might be the reason why she was crying and whimpering. The other dog’s human parents did not contribute to the environment either. Maybe if there were more visitors or more interactive visitors our experience would have been more enjoyable.
A little more shade would have been helpful too. It’s sunny southern San Diego. It’s warm and sunny 90% of the year. There were only about two trees, mere saplings and there’s only shade on the bench at certain times of the day.
The Surrounding Area
If I lived in the surrounding neighborhood, regardless of the lack of shade and ambience, I would still take my dog there, mainly because of the convenience of proximity. The yards in those houses are very small; I used to have a relative who resided in the housing down the block, making the park a roomy option for the usual neighborhood routine. The rest of the park has something for everyone else. There’s a recreation center, basketball courts, playgrounds, trails, and more. If the dog park doesn’t meet your needs, try walking with your furry friend (leashed) around the other areas. Maybe next time we’ll try the trails.