SLO County Roundup

South County

An Oceano resident is a finalist in a nationwide competition to win up to $500,000 toward a makeover of a public or non-profit dog park in the area.

Trisha Coffey, and her beagle, Hailey, are featured in a video showing potential improvements to a 1.5-acre property in Shell Beach, including a walking and jogging path, and a dog pool.

Pismo Beach owns the land, located between Shell Beach Road and Highway 101, across the street from Beachcomber Drive.

Members of the Five Cities Dog Park Association, which created the off-lease dog park at the Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande, hope to use the money to create an off-leash park in Shell Beach.

First, however, they need the City Council’s approval. The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed various city-owned locations and said it was the commission’s preferred site for a dog park, but the council has not given it the go-ahead.

“What’s in the video is what I want to see,” Coffey said. “If we are the winner … then Purina comes in, looks at the area, and chooses a park to enhance.”

Even though Shell Beach is featured in the video, she added, if the council doesn’t approve the project, it can’t move forward.

Cynthia Eklund, president of the Five Cities Dog Park Association, recently said the organization still needs to prepare a traffic study and meet with numerous groups about the idea before they report to the City Council on their progress.

Eklund said she hopes the group will be ready to do so in January.

Ten videos were declared finalists in the competition, sponsored by Purina and Beneful, and people can vote on their favorite video until Aug. 11.

The video can be viewed at http://dreamdogpark.wagworld.com/ViewIndividualEntry.aspx?contestantid=1186#.

— Cynthia Lambert

Grover Beach

The Grover Beach Police Department is inviting residents to participate in the 27th annual National Night Out, designed to strengthen community partnerships with police and generate support for local anti-crime efforts.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Grover Beach police will host an event with booths offering information on home security, the department’s Community Partnership Program, fire prevention, and child safety kits.

Police and fire equipment will also be on display.

Anyone wishing to set up an informational booth can contact Senior Police Officer Sonny Gerber at 473-4511 or at sgerber@gbpd.org.

For more information on National Night Out, go to www.nationalnightout.org.

According to police, more than 14,625 communities are expected to participate.

— Cynthia Lambert