Lake Forest’s Barker Ranch Dog Park closed for 10 days to add more shade

LAKE FOREST — Barker Ranch Dog Park will be closed through Feb. 22 as new shade structures are installed to keep residents cool while their furry friends play.

The dog park, which opened in late 2015, included benches with small overhead shade structures, but no large shade structures.

  • Bridget the Irish Setter, Dia the English Setter, and Chloe the Huskey greet Sugar through the fence at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Bridget the Irish Setter, Dia the English Setter, and Chloe the Huskey greet Sugar through the fence at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dia the English Setter and Chloe the Husky play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Dia the English Setter and Chloe the Husky play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sugar plays fetch with her owner Scott Malin at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Sugar plays fetch with her owner Scott Malin at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sugar plays fetch with her owner Scott Malin at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Sugar plays fetch with her owner Scott Malin at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mara, left, plays with Tripp right, as Archer and Chloe trail behind at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Mara, left, plays with Tripp right, as Archer and Chloe trail behind at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Scott Malin plays with his dog Sugar, while Chloe, at left, and Archer, at right survey the scene at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Scott Malin plays with his dog Sugar, while Chloe, at left, and Archer, at right survey the scene at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • A view of signage at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    A view of signage at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mara the terrier sheppard mix , background, and Chloe the husky, foreground, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Mara the terrier sheppard mix , background, and Chloe the husky, foreground, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dia the English Terrier at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Dia the English Terrier at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Roger Barbosa of Lake Forest watches his dogs Dia the English Setter, foreground, and Bridget the Irish Setter, background, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Roger Barbosa of Lake Forest watches his dogs Dia the English Setter, foreground, and Bridget the Irish Setter, background, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dia the English Setter, left, and Bridget the Irish Setter, right get a drink while playing at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Dia the English Setter, left, and Bridget the Irish Setter, right get a drink while playing at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dia the English Setter, foreground, and Bridget the Irish Setter, background, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

    Dia the English Setter, foreground, and Bridget the Irish Setter, background, play at Barker Ranch Dog Park on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Lake Forest, Calif. The park closes February 12 for 10 days of renovations. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)

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The city is putting $45,000 into the installation of two shade structures, one in the small dog area and the other in the large dog area. Each shade structure measures 30-feet by 60-feet and is 10-feet tall, said Scott Wasserman, director of community services. The work started Monday, Feb. 12.

The dog park is the only facility in the city that allows dogs to be off leashes.

“We want to ensure Barker Ranch Dog Park is as comfortable as possible for residents who want to let their dogs run and play freely,” Wasserman said.

The half-acre dog park is at a cul-de-sac off of Bake Parkway in the Baker Ranch development and features separate play areas for large and small dogs and water fountains. The ground is covered with artificial turf designed for dogs.

The park is city-owned and the city pays $10,000 to $12,000 annually for maintenance.

Lake Forest officials have discussed the possibility of opening a second dog park near the Glenn Ranch Road and Saddleback Ranch Road intersection.

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