Special Edition: 
Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park 

Construction is Underway at the 
Dog Park
A Park of Their Own - A
 Special Place for Dogs
Where Will Your Donation Go?
Thank You Dog Park Donors!


"CR&R is proud to support the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation and its work for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of San Juan Capistrano."

- Dean Ruffridge
Sr. Vice President CR&R

"I am purchasing a name plate in memory of our dog Duke, who was a treasured member of our family from 

- Matt Gaffney

"Dr. Joe Cortese was a valued colleague and friend. We contributed to the stone memorial to show our appreciation for all he did to help animals and our community as a whole."

- Phil Schwartze


Brad Gates, President
Dick Paulsen, V.P. 
and Treasurer
Tim Neely, Secretary
Mike Barth
Greg Dillion
Mike Evans
Matt Gaffney
Al King
Mark Nielsen
Tom Ostensen
Derek Ostensen, Conservation Consultant
Robert R. Redwitz, CPA


San Juan Capistrano
Open Space Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation that was established in
January 2009.

Our mission is to acquire and promote the preservation, restoration, expansion, improvement and public use of open space within the City of San Juan Capistrano to enrich the quality of life for area residents.

Construction is Underway at the Dog Park
Grading crews at work
©Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos

Construction began in January and the site is already starting to transform into the future Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park. Volunteers have been trimming trees to prepare the site for grading and construction. Once the grading is complete, concrete walkways and ADA parking and ramps will be installed. Fencing will be built to create separate areas for small dogs and large dogs. Additional features will include benches, picnic tables, and preservation of existing oak trees. Please visit our dog park Photo Gallery to see more pictures of the work in progress.


This construction would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers! Thank you to the following for their donating their time and support to the building of the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park:


Dean Ruffridge, CR&R


Rich Holt, Greenstone Materials


J.E.S. Engineering Contractors

Mitch Perkin and his crew: Gary Ford, Sergio Corona, Angelo Gil, Peter Montoya, Pedro Gutierrez   


J&M Concrete Contractors

Mike Gunther and his crew: Gustavo Lopez, Jorge E. Lopez, Guadalupe Ruvalcaba, Jaime Martinez, Jose Medina, Sergio Morales, Ruben A. Pineda, Mario Vega, Jorge Lopez


Chuck Waysz, Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete


Stewart and Associates

Volunteers hang the dog park announcement banner near
the entrance to the site

Ed Stewart and his crew


Tree Trimming Volunteers

Brad Gates, Matt Gaffney, Tom Ostensen, Dick Paulsen, 

Scott Gates


The Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park is expected to open to the public in May. Stay tuned for updates on our progress!


A Park of Their Own - A Special Place for Dogs
The Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park needs you! Don't miss this opportunity to honor your pet and have a lasting impact on your community by supporting the dog park, named in memory of beloved local veterinarian Dr. Joe Cortese. Your donation will go toward making the park the best it can be, providing wonderful features such as doggie drinking fountains, shade structures, and dog waste stations. We are only 35% away from our fundraising goal and need your support to make the dog park a reality! 
You can have an immediate impact on the dog park by donating specific items that are needed now. Your contribution of $250 will provide a dog waste station and your contribution of $500 will provide a doggie drinking fountain (two needed). Please send us an email if you are interested in donating either of these items. 


There are many other ways you can contribute:


Stone Memorial
Become a permanent part of the dog park and have your name etched on the stone memorial ($2,000). This stone memorial will be 
located in the dog park and serve as a lasting tribute of your support.


Name plate  

Name Plate

Honor your pet and support the project by having your name and your dog's name etched on a name plate ($200)These name plates will be placed on the posts that surround the park and be appreciated by all who come to visit.



Dog Park General Fund

Or a donation of cash or materials to the project's general fund is always needed. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference! Please visit the Foundation's website  for more information and/or to make a donation.


Volunteers Needed! 

Are you an animal lover who wants to be a part of building the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park? Do you like to work outdoors? If so, we would love to hear from you! Volunteering is fun, great exercise, and builds great camaraderie. Please send us an email to let us know of your interest.


Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this vital gathering place in our community! Join the growing list of donors and contribute to the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park today!


Where Will Your Donation Go?
Your dog park donation to the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation will go toward dog water fixtures, shade structures, convenient dog waste stations, and much more. Without your help, we could not provide these amenities that will make such a difference for dogs and owners alike.  


As the city often does not have the money for improvements to its open space properties, the Foundation helps by raising funds and

Dog waste stations
are funded by your donations

providing volunteer support to make these city-owned open spaces usable and accessible.


One hundred percent of your donation goes toward actual open space improvements. The Foundation is completely volunteer-run. Volunteers physically work on site -- clearing invasive weeds, building fences, trimming trees, and installing picnic tables. However, funding is still needed to pay for building materials and professional architecture and engineering services that are required by the city. 


Your contribution makes a difference! Please help us make the dog park the best it can be and donate today!


Thank You Dog Park Donors!
It takes many helping hands to build the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park. The following individuals and organizations have pledged their support and we offer our deepest thanks for their generosity:


Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) 

Charles Acton, DVM

Shenandoah H. Diehl

Joshua Host

Diane E. Kraemer

Richard Pankowski, DVM

Rotary Club of SJC

Mary Simon

Dr. Rachel Tuz

Ellie Wattles, DVM


This is just the beginning! Join the growing list of 

dog park donors and make a contribution today!