About Us

Our dog park is under the stewardship of the Gold Country Dog Park Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 California corporation dba Friends of Western Gateway Dog Park. It is comprised entirely of volunteers who have created and continue to maintain an enjoyable meeting place for pets and their owners in and around Penn Valley.

Back in 2008, the Western Gateway Park and Recreation District approved plans to build a dog park on the abandoned horse arena grounds inside Western Gateway Park.  Since that time major funding for capital improvements has been received from the Bear Yuba Land Trust (Al Salter Fund for Animals) and the McBeth Foundation.  (A more detailed history with financial information can be accessed from the bottom of this page.)

We have a current memorandum of understanding with the Western Gateway Park Board to maintain everything considered to be part of the dog park, and they in turn will continue to provide the dog waste bags, handle trash removal, and maintain the restroom facility.  They have also agreed to help us with other matters where possible.

We do not receive any funding through county taxes or the park, so future improvements and maintenance will rely heavily on volunteer help, association memberships and private donations.  That is why we need your annual support.

If you enjoy coming here, please tell your friends.  We always like to see new faces and happy dogs!

Dog Owners at Penn Valley Dog Park

     Current Board Officers - 2017

        President - Jeri Stone

        Vice President - Vacant

        Treasurer - Joanna Fahey

        Secretary - Christine Favetti

        Director - Sally Bush

        Director - Henry Clarence (pending)

        Director - Sherian Kutzera (pending)


Our Goals

  • To develop an environmentally-conscious and inviting space, open to all dog lovers, friends and visitors who are willing the uphold the park's rules 
  • To maintain Western Gateway Dog Park as a fenced in, off-leash area where well-behaved dogs can exercise, run free and socialize in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property or wildlife 
  • To promote animal welfare and rescue, responsible pet guardianship, and to foster a sense of community among diverse groups of people
  • To encourage tourism by drawing residents from surrounding communities and elsewhere, thereby increasing revenues to local businesses in the Penn Valley area


Dog Park for Big DogsVolunteers Needed

There are other ways you can benefit the dog park besides donating money. We are actively seeking members who have some extra time to help us in the following areas. Please let us know if you are interested.

•Advertising/Publicity - SueVardon

•Becoming a Board Member - Henry Clarence, Sherian Kutzera

•Fundraising/Event Planning - Jeri Stone

•Photography - Sherian Kutzera

•Website Blog & Facebook Updates - Jeri Stone

•Workday Help & Oak Grove Maintenance (1 hour per month) - Chuck Aswell, Bob Bumgarner, Linda Denton, Brad & Dana Gay, Leland Gilmore, Darrell & Kathy Hendricks, Kate & Rick Heuer, Judy & Bob Hobert, Judy Kenney, Steven & LaDonna Lynch, Julie Meyer, George & Donna Tilley

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please Contact Us.

Thank you.