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News - January 1, 2010

Around Town

OF DOGS AND MEN ... Dog people, unite! Pretty please? That's a request from Palo Alto's recreation officials, who have been debating ways to create more play space in the city for local dogs and dog owners. Last month, about 100 people (including six who don't own dogs) attended a meeting on the subject organized by the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff from the Community Services Department. At its Dec. 15 meeting, the commission digested the feedback from the public and agreed with a staff suggestion to explore ways in which users of local fields can share park space with dog owners. One of the challenges staff has discovered is the scattered nature of local dog owners. Unlike bicyclists and athletic groups, dog owners don't have a coherent team or organization that the city can tap for assistance. Rob de Geus, the city's golf and recreation manager, said the city will attempt to change that. "We'll see what we can do to get the dog owners organized in some fashion," he said. "We'll reach out to them and give them some guidance and some of the history we've had with field users and other groups who pulled together on a particular topic to find solutions."

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