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Rover Report, September 2013

The latest in Bay Woof’s on-going efforts to keep readers up-to-date on canine recreation news in the Bay Area.

“Dogs in Oakland Parks” Hearing Scheduled for September

The Oakland Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC) has released a draft report entitled, “Policy Recommendations on Dogs in Oakland Parks.” The report, which was prepared by the PRAC’s Ad Hoc Committee on Dog Play Areas, can be viewed at: www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/opr/documents/report/oak041561.pdf.
Public comments on the report were accepted through mid-July. According to representatives of the Oakland Dog Owners’ Group (ODOG), the draft report includes, “…lots of improvements and some major gotchas…such as assuming that dog parks should be in blighted areas, that dog owners should pay to use the parks, and that current users have more rights to the parks than we do.”

The PRAC expects to hear the report at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, at the Garden Center located at 666 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. To confirm the time and date of the presentation or to become active on this issue, stay tuned to the ODOG website at odogparks.org.

GGNRA Dog Management Plan Doc Postponed Again

If you adopted a puppy at the beginning of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Dog Management Plan process, chances are you will be walking a full-grown dog before the final rules are adopted.

In early July, the GGNRA released the following update:
“Given the substance of many of the comments received on the Draft Dog Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), availability of additional data and studies, and potential changes to the alternatives and impacts analysis resulting from that information, a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) has been developed. We now anticipate the SEIS will be released for public review and comment in early fall 2013, with a 90-day public comment period. This provides a second opportunity to comment on the future of dog management in GGNRA before we issue the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public review and comment in 2014.”
    You can check the status of the document’s release at: nps.gov/goga/parkmgmt/dog-management.htm. To be added to the project email list, call the Project Information Line at 415-561-4728.

Off-Leash Play at Alamo Square Remains Fescue Free

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association in San Francisco has been working with the city’s Recreation & Parks Department (RPD) to develop a new Water Conservation Plan for Alamo Square Park, site of a popular off-leash dog play area. New water-wise landscaping options were presented by RPD at a community meeting earlier this year. Neighborhood dog fans have been concerned that the replacement “no-mow” native fescue grass proposed for some portions of Alamo Square could grow into tufts or mounds, creating uneven running surfaces with potential injury risk to off-leash dogs. Bay Woof has been assured by the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association that the no-mow replacement grasses are planned only for areas outside of the current off-leash DPA.

To weight in on the subject, contact RPD project manager Marvin Yee at Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org. Learn more about all happenings at Alamo Square at alamosq.org.

Martinez Considers Aadding First Dog Park

The City of Martinez has taken initial steps toward developing its first official dog play area. City staffers are drawing up preliminary plans for two potential sites – a park for small dogs at Golden Hills Park off Reliez Valley Road and one for large dogs on the city’s detention basin property, between Alhambra Avenue and Pleasant Hill Road East about three-quarters of a mile south of Highway 4. Locals have proposed several alternate sites.

If Martinez leaders approve the concept, it’s likely to be several years before a dog park opens. By the end of the year, the city’s Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission will decide whether to recommend that the City Council amend the park master plan to include a dog park, said Martinez City Engineer Tim Tucker. The council also would have to identify funding. The plans are expected to draw some opposition from within the community, and the process is expected to be a long one.

Keep an eye on Martinez DPA developments at: cityofmartinez.org.