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Larger Dog Run Planned for Greer Park Soccer Field

Original post made by Herb Borock, Professorville, on Sep 20, 2009

The Monday, September 21, 2009, City Council meeting includes Item #14 on the Consent Calendar for the adoption of an ordinance approving and adopting a plan for improvement of Greer Park that includes a Bid Alternate #2 to "Provide fence segments and gates for future completion of larger dog run area". The larger dog run area would be the soccer field next to the existing dog run in Greer Park. The site plan is page 8 of 11 at Web Link

Managers in the Community Services Department and some members of the Parks and Recreation Commission have been candid about their desire to create more space in Palo Alto parks where dogs legally can be off leash. However, the same staff and Commissioners have tried to give the impression that they want the community's input before a decision is made about whether to create such areas and where they should be.

There are currently three dog run areas in Palo Alto, all of which are in parks south of Oregon Expressway.

Is there anybody besides me who believes the City Council should remove the proposed "fence segments and gates for future completion of a larger dog run area" from the Greer Park site plan before approving agenda item #14 to permit public input on whether to amend the Greer Park Master Plan before making a decision on creating a larger dog run area on a soccer field?

Maybe there should be more dog runs. Maybe at least one should be north of Oregon Expressway. Maybe the Council should make those decision afther appropriate public notice and hearings.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Wait a moment, the residents of Palo Alto passed a leach law in the early 1960s. I don't think the voters, at that time, passed an ordinance saying all dogs should be on a leach with the exception of those running loose in Greer Park. To comply with the ordinance, the area designated as a dog run, must be fenced off.

From someone who was attacked and bitten by a dog in Mitchell Park I am very much in favor of Palo Alto's leach law, and I don't think any dogs should be permitted to run loose anywhere in the City. We should comply with the existing leach law or put it to the voters of Palo Alto again.

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