A park in the Los Angeles area just got a new makeover – one that has local dogs literally jumping for joy.
The Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park in Lake Balboa just got three agility courses thanks to 17-year-old Boy Scout Conrad Rutherford.
The high school senior, now eligible for Eagle rank, took on the project and raised $3,000 to fund it while helping coordinate the construction of it during the summer.
“I feel as if ‘mission accomplished.’ It’s fantastic,” Rutherford told a crowd of dog lovers during the opening ceremony for the new additions.
The new course features hoops, jumps, an A-frame, table and more.
During the ceremony, dogs of all shapes and sizes tried it out – some more successful than others.
“He’s never done agility before,” dog trainer Kent Moorman told Los Angeles Daily News of his golden retriever mix Buster Cornbread. “He took to it like water.”
But Derek Wong had a different experience with his golden retriever Sally.
“The first day it was there I climbed up it and my dog just looked at me like, ‘What are you doing?’” he told the outlet. “I thought it would be a ‘follow me’ kind of thing, but no, that didn’t happen at all. I just looked foolish running the course myself.”
The park plans on adding onto its agility course with weave poles, tunnels made from oil drums, among other things.
The address for the park is 17550 Victory Blvd., Encino, Calif. 91406