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Local dog owners can give their opinions about dog regulations at San Mateo Parks in an online survey that will be available through noon on Friday, September 15 .

For the past 11 months the San Mateo County Parks’ Dog Management Committee, comprised of 10 community members appointed by the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission, has been drafting policy recommendations to assist the Parks Department in developing dog management policies for all San Mateo County Parks.

During the process, the Committee has reviewed the dog management practices of other agencies in the Bay Area and other states, received presentations by topic experts, including water quality professionals and the Peninsula Humane Society, and reviewed published material. The Committee has also received oral and written comments on dogs in parks at public meetings, and through email and a survey. Committee meetings have been open to the public throughout the process.

The Committee’s work is now reflected in an overarching policy recommendation accompanied by 10 secondary policies on such topics as conflict avoidance, protection of natural resources, enforcement, and consideration of new dog access areas. The policies do not identify specific park locations where dog access will change.

“The policies provide the guidance by which the Department will consider and evaluate locations for dog access,” says Sarah Birkeland, acting Parks Director. According to Birkeland, one example of applying a policy is that of conflict avoidance which could lead the Department to avoid introducing dog access in parks that have long-standing and heavy use by equestrians.

The Committee invites the community to review its recommendations at three meetings:

  • September 6: Veterans Senior Memorial Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City
  • September 7: Burlingame Park and Recreation Department, 850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
  • September 14: San Pedro Valley Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd, Pacifica

The meetings will begin at 7 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm. Each meeting will feature work stations in order to facilitate conversations about policy recommendations and obtain participant’s specific suggestions for changes.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017; Menlo Park resident Dennis Nugent with his dog Maggie at Baylands Park in Palo Alto, which is dog friendly

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Tot Lot Play Zone resumes at the Arrillaga Recreation Center on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 7

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Children can run, jump, play, and socialize with other youngsters at the City of Menlo Park’s popular Tot Lot open play zone starting this fall on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 7. Tot Lot is a weekly drop-in program held at the Arrillaga Recreation Center in Burgess Park for preschool aged children from 2 to 5 years […]

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5-year-old boy saved from drowning at Burgess pool

Menlo Park firefighters responded to a request for medical aid today at Burgess Park pool in Menlo Park at approximately 11:46am. Engine 2 arrived to find a 5-year-old boy in distress at poolside, apparently having had a drowning experience in approximately three feet of water. Menlo Fire Engine 3 arrived on scene shortly after to assist […]

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Next community meeting on plans for Bedwell Bayfront Park set for August 10

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The City of Menlo Park is hosting a community meeting to hear your thoughts on the proposed conceptual plan alternatives for Bedwell Bayfront Park. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Menlo Park Senior Center (110 Terminal Avenue). Spanish interpretation, childcare and light refreshments will be provided. For […]

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City of Menlo Park seeking more input in second survey about Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Update: The City has extended the deadline for taking this survey and asks residents that use the park to please weigh in. The City of Menlo Park is asking people for their input about two concepts for Bedwell Bayfront Park that  were shared at the Open House #2 held on June 17. It does not […]

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Second meeting about Bedwell Bayfront Park set for June 17

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Dog-friendly Bedwell Bayfront Park is a 160-acre park with hiking/biking trails, lovely vistas, and various bird habitats at the end of Marsh Road in Menlo Park. You can help shape this park’s future by attending a second meeting on June 17 to get community input on the Bedwell Bayfront Park Master Plan project. The meeting will take place from 10:00 am […]

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Spotted: Notes of encouragement for girls at Burgess

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We received this email from a reader: “My daughter and I were at gymnastics at Burgess last week, and we found dozens of post-it notes on the mirror in the women’s bathroom. They had so many beautiful, encouraging words. I thought it was so awesome that girls can inspire and empower other girls. Thank you […]

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Spotted: Goats waiting patiently for more grass to munch at Sharon Hills Park

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The goats arrived last week for their annual task of clearing the grass at steep Sharon Hills Park. And boy do they have their work cut out for them this year. The grass is over three feet tall in some places, thanks to all the rain. Early this morning, they were huddled at the top […]

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Kites fly high in the sky at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Yesterday was Kite Day in Menlo Park and families gathered at Bedwell Bayfront Park to test their kite flying skills. The annual event was co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club and Streets Alive! Parks Alive!. City of Menlo Park staff were on hand to help kids assemble their kites and get them in the air. […]

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Annual Kite Day in Menlo Park is May 6 at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Enjoy a nice breezy day at Bedwell-Bayfront Park for Menlo Park’s annual Kite Day on May 6, 2017 from Noon to 3:00 pm. Bring the family and watch hundreds of kites fill the Menlo Park sky with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay. Kite Day is free to the public, but you may purchase a kite […]

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What’s next for Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park?

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At 160-acres, Bedwell Bayfront Park is Menlo Park’s open space by the bay. Located at the end of Marsh Road, the Park is surrounded on three sides by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. From the late 1950s through 1984, locals used the former salt pond as a garbage dump, and kids who […]

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