Federal officials release comments on plan to restrict dogs in Bay Area park lands
The National Park Service has published the comments it received regarding its proposed plan to regulate off-leash dogs in Bay Area parks.
In a 4,118-page electronic document, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area compiled 4,713 comments about its proposal. The GGNRA’s proposed Dog Management Plan would explicitly permit dogs to run without leashes in a number of locations, including Ocean Beach and Fort Funston, but would restrict or ban them from other parts of the federal GGNRA park system.
“It was all forms of correspondence,” said Howard Levitt, the GGNRA’s director of communications, about the sources of the comments. “It includes the snail mail we received” as well as comments submitted through the GGNRA website, written comments submitted at meetings and other sources.
“We will read each and every comment,” Levitt said.
The Park Service and a consultant hired by the NPS are analyzing the comments, and the GGNRA is scheduled to publish a summary of the comments later this year. Officials also may modify the plan, in part based on the comments received on the original proposal.
The GGNRA is an arm of the National Park Service. It encompasses Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, the Sutro Baths ruins Lands End and Sutro Heights Park, as well as park lands in other counties in the western Bay Area. The dog-management plan would not change off-leash policies enacted by cities and counties.
The comments on the GGNRA Dog Management Plan are available online (PDF, 10.8 MB). The comments are also available for public review at the GGNRA’s Fort Mason offices. Call Shirwin Smith at (415) 561-4947 for an appointment.
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