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Greer Park Softball Field as Temporary Dog Run Area

Original post made by Herb Borock on Dec 14, 2009

The Consent Calendar for the City Council meeting of December 14, 2009, has a contract for the renovation of Greer Park that includes "the installation of additional fencing along the perimeter of one softball field in order to accommodate dual use in the future as a temporary dog run area".

The City Council has not yet set a policy for dual use of park playing fields as temporary dog run ares, has not even received a recommendation from its Parks and Recreation Commission on this issue, and has not selected the parks where such dual use areas should be located.

It seems premature to implement a decision to accommodate a dual use dog run in Greer Park prior to a policy being adopted and prior to choosing a location for such dual use, especially when the only current dog run areas are all in parks south of Oregon Expressway and when advocates of dual use areas include residents who live north of Oregon Expressway.

I wonder if the staff and Council would place an item like this on the Consent Calendar if the location of the dual use area was in El Camino Park or Eleanor Pardee Park.

Comments (1)

Posted by Lois, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

So the dogs poop and the owners don't pick it up, the kids then play softball and slip on the poop and are injured. Even if the owners pick up the poop sometimes it's not possible, dogs have diarrhea too!! Is the City responsible?

I don't agree that children should have to share a play area where dogs have been left to run around.

There should be a separate area for dogs built on open land near West Bayshore and Hwy 101.


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