Sepulveda Dog Park Agility Courses Dedication Ceremony

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a wonderful event!

Check out the awesome write-up and photos in the Los Angeles Daily News:

‘Mission accomplished’ for Northridge Eagle Scout and his dog agility courses

By Matthew Carey Correspondent

Calling all canines!

There’s a new spot in the San Fernando Valley to put pooches through their paces.

Three agility courses — featuring hoops, jumps and other obstacles — were officially dedicated Saturday at the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park in Lake Balboa. At a ceremony interrupted by the occasional bark, city of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department officials helped honor the person most responsible for creating the courses: 17-year-old Boy Scout Conrad Rutherford of Northridge.

The high school senior qualified for lifetime Eagle rank by negotiating several obstacles himself — raising over $3,000 to fund the project, and coordinating its construction with the help of other Scouts. He worked over the summer — doggedly, you might say — to complete the task.

“I feel as if ‘mission accomplished.’ It’s fantastic,” Rutherford told an audience of dog lovers, many of whom are members of the Friends of the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park.

Previous coverage of the work phase can be found here (and photos):

LAKE BALBOA — Eagle Scout candidate Conrad Rutherford’s summer has gone to the dogs.

The Northridge Boy Scout had raised thousands of dollars to design and construct canine agility courses at the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park in Lake Balboa. On Saturday his Troop 307 volunteers began building the first of three pooch obstacle playgrounds.

“It’s fantastic. It’s looking fantastic,” exclaimed Rutherford, 17, in a Boy Scout shirt and kerchief, while casting an aquiline eye toward his final Eagle Scout project. “The dogs better love it.

CBS did some reporting too:


Text of event flyer:

The Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Sixth District, and the Friends of the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park inviste you to the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park Agility Courses Dedication Ceremony.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.
17550 Victory Blvdl, Encino, CA 91406

Conrad Rutherford, Northridge Boy Scout of Troop #307, raised thousands of dollars and gathered dozens of volunteers to create the new dog agility courses.

This ceremony celebrates his volunteer work and commitment to the community, as well as his journey towards earning his Eagle Scout badge.

The event flyer:

Sepulveda Basin Off Leash Dog Park Agility Course Dedication Ceremony Flyer_final

Outreach Event: Sunday, November 29, 11am-3pm

Come join us! Photos of your pooch in holiday costumes (we have the costumes), peanut butter licking contests, and the opportunity to learn more about the Friends group. New and renewal memberships get a SPECIAL give-away! Stay tuned for more info. Support our non-profit group…because together, we ALL support the park!

Howl-oween…what a Howling Success!

Everyone had fun! Lots of great costumes…peanut butter lick-off…giveaways…howling contest

. A great time was had by all dogs and their humans.


Next Meeting

The next Friends meeting will be Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Location: One Generation (Next door to the park)

17400 Victory Blvd, Van nuys 91406

Refreshments: 6:30 pm Meeting 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Lobbying Takes the whole park. Come and Lend your support!

Our October speaker will be a representative from the DWP WATER RECYCLING PLANNING GROUP. Our park was scheduled to be connected in 2012, now we are not on the list but they are currently constructing a pipeline to the new sepulveda basin sports complex and Birmingham High School. How did we get off the list ? How do we get back on? If we get back on, how do we stay on ?

Questions about meeting location, time, agenda? Email us at