City hearings dig into GGNRA dog leash policy
To many in such a dog-friendly city, the idea of enforcing leash restrictions at vast places such as Ocean Beach, already popular destinations for people and their dogs, seems ludicrous. But the GGNRA plan’s environmental-impact statement asserts that “a dog management policy inconsistent with [National Park Service] regulations and increased public expectations for use of the park for dog recreation have resulted in controversy, litigation, and compromised visitor and employee safety, affecting visitor experience and resulting in resource degradation.”
In response to dog owners’ outrage, Weiner drafted a resolution stating that among other detriments, the plan “would not only curtail dogs, it would eliminate from the GGNRA a main group of recreational park users – people who recreate in the GGNRA with their dogs.”
On Monday, April 11, the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee will hear two items that will outline the effects of the dog leash policy and also will put the the City on record as opposing the GGNRA’s preferred dog-management alternatives.
Since its Jan. 14 release, the GGNRA plan has met considerable protest from Bay Area dog owners worried about the proposed reduction of off-leash areas in more than 20 spots from Marin to San Mateo, and areas such as Ocean Beach in between.
Monday’s meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m., is expected to include speakers from the SFSPCA, the Peninsula Humane Society, Weiner and fellow supervisor John Avalos, and officials from the GGNRA.
A noon rally on the City Hall steps is in the works, organized by dog advocates and opponents of the plan.
Feedback both in opposition and in support of the proposal can be submitted at Monday’s meeting as well as directly to the GGNRA until May 30.
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