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News - November 18, 2022

Residents petition for dog park in Barron Park

Group says they need a dedicated space to accommodate a growing number of pooches

by Sue Dremann

More than 300 dog owners in Palo Alto's Barron Park plan to submit a petition to the city to open a dog park in their neighborhood.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2022 at 8:49 am

felix is a registered user.

This is misleading. Anyone can sign an online petition regardless of where they live, as we all know. There are names on the petition of people who don't live in Barron Park - not even close to Barron Park. It is deceptive.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 18, 2022 at 9:11 am

Online Name is a registered user.

""All the current dog parks near Barron Park require crossing significant streets. Due to the distance, it is common for dog owners to drive to the dog parks outside of the neighborhood. Driving out of a neighborhood is an increased burden on the environment and is not sustainable," the dog owners group said in the petition."

This is true for most of us using the other PA dog parks. How long have we asked the city to allow dogs on the city shuttles so we don't have to drive? From years before when we still had shuttles! Now that we again have shuttles maybe they'll reconsider the request so that maybe in another 20 years they'll finally act?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2022 at 9:40 am

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There should be a dog exercising area in every park. It is a stupid arrangement having to drive your dog somewhere to get exercise. Some dog owners (and some dogs) are not able to walk far.

All parks should also have off leash dog times in certain parts. Dog owners are residents too and they get very little thought in Palo Alto.

Posted by Middle School Parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 18, 2022 at 10:52 am

Middle School Parent is a registered user.

We absolutely need more dog parks in Palo Alto, because too many parents are using the elementary schools as dog parks, ignoring the law that says the dogs must be on leash in the elementary school yards. We also need one in North Palo Alto, because currently we see up to 20 dogs in the evening at Addison Elementary, ignoring the leash rules, letting their dogs run wild, even running up to and scaring children at the after care programs, and not picking up poop. My child has stepped on poop many times, the janitorial staff has to clean this up every morning, and it is from my perspective just incredibly disrespectful of the dog owners to treat a school in this way. I am a dog owner! I understand it is nice to walk and talk and hang out, but it cannot be in violation of the law and creating danger for children. I think our local animal services needs to be more present at the elementary schools, reminding dog owners of the rules. And our park services, needs more dog parks in all parts of the city.

Posted by Sara A
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 18, 2022 at 12:28 pm

Sara A is a registered user.

I am a dog owner and although I don't live in Barron Park I do believe Palo Alto needs more larger dog parks and should allow off leash hours in selected parks as do both Menlo Park and Mt. View. A large, semi-natural area would be wonderful for dogs to roam and run. Sharing enclosed fields such as baseball fields is another way to expand leash free areas as in Menlo Park and San Francisco. As dog owners of course we should be responsible for cleaning up after our dogs and for others when missed but the city could also send a crew to clean shared facilities on a weekly or monthly schedule and stock doggy clean up stations as they do at Bixbee Park. I don't often visit the elementary schools with my dog but it is possible to share the fields after children go home if we are respectful of others and keep our parks and schools clean.

Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2022 at 8:01 am

felix is a registered user.

It’s a misconception that all people living in a neighborhood walk dogs to their official or unofficial dog park - often they drive there.
On Los Robles last Friday, a man parked and unloaded a blonde Lab from his car. He said he was going to the informal dog place off the bike/ped path at the end of Los Robles. Nice dog.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2022 at 1:13 pm

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

I am the owner of a happy dog who gets frequent on-leash walks and is never let to run off-leash. She is happy and well-exercised. I am tired of the dog feces on our playing fields. The folks who do this are not paying attention while their dogs run. They stand idly and chat with other dog owners who also are not paying attention to their dogs. They leave feces, a disgusting mess and health hazard on playing fields where children play. Not okay. It is not the city's responsibility to pay for space for you to inattentively let your dog run. There are so many more important things we need the city to do, and resources are limited. If you don't want to walk a dog, don't get one. You live in a city. It is unrealistic to think that we can endlessly dedicate park space to dogs as our human population continues to grow. Walk your dog regularly and pick up its poop.

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