It’s Official: Dog Law Passes!

shutterstock_138940370Last night, Oakland City Council unanimously approved a change to city law regarding dogs in our parks. The new law, effective immediately, allows for people to bring their dogs into a number of parks. Those awful “No Dogs in Parks” signs are going to start coming down soon! Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mayor Jean Quan, and Park & Rec Director Audree Jones-Taylor for their tireless efforts to get this change codified into law.

SAVE THE DATE: We will be hosting a celebration with the Mayor on Saturday, April 19th, from 2 pm – 4 pm, at Estuary Park.

At last night’s meeting, Council President Pat Kernighan cautioned that should any parks become problematic with people letting dogs off-leash in an on-leash area (particularly Lakeside Park), that City Council could revisit this new ordinance. So, please: respect the rules, clean up after your dog, spread the word, and bring extra bags for people who may have forgotten.

Here is the list of Oakland city parks that are now available to people with dogs:

OFF-LEASH

  • Estuary Park - near Jack London Square.
  • South Prescott Park - fenced in park in West Oakland
  • Park Blvd. Plaza – small area near the Parkway Theater
  • King Estates Park - enormous park in East Oakland

ON-LEASH ACCESS ONLY

  • Joaquin Miller Park
  • Leona Heights Park
  • Dimond Park
  • Eastshore Park
  • Knowland Park
  • Lakeside Park
  • Montclair Railroad Trail
  • Mosswood Park
  • Oak Glen Park
  • Grove-Shafter Park
  • Hardy Park
  • Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt
  • Snow Park
  • Jefferson Square Park
  • Athol Park
  • Pine Knoll Park
  • Mandana Plaza
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Posted on April 2, 2014, in council, meetings and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Congrats! Maybe other cities will follow suit soon! Woof!!

  2. Scott & Kathy Law

    Good work Emily and team !  Woof…

      Scott Law http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottalaw

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  3. Any idea on why Bushrod Park was not included in the list? There are already many people enjoying that park with their dogs during its uncrowded hours (weekday mornings and sundowns) and it would be nice to legitimize them and to encourage responsible behavior.

    • Hey Ryan, not sure why. But, we’ve heard some complaints from neighbors that a few folks at Bushrod aren’t picking up after their dogs. That may have something to do with it.

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