Last weekend at the Oakland CatVidFest, a very nice couple came up to the ODOG table. They just moved to Oakland from the East Coast, and suggested that we pull together a map of dog parks for our website. We thought that was a great idea! In addition to the few fenced dog parks in Oakland, we added in the great unfenced options. We also included a few of the dog-friendly bars and restaurants that we knew of. We’re pretty sure we missed some of each of those categories, so please let us know! Drop us a line if you know of any other off-leash parks or trails, or dog-friendly bars and restaurants.
Mon., Jan. 28th, 4:30-6:30 pm
Lakeside Garden Center ($2.00 parking fee)
The Oakland City Council will hear our appeal on Tuesday, December 4th at 5:30 pm. It’s very important that we have a large number of our supporters there. Please join us! City Hall is at One Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th & Broadway). There is a parking lot one block away at 14th & Clay, and 12th Street/City Center BART is one block away. If you need a ride to the meeting, email us and we will hook you up.
This will be our last chance to get a small slice of off-leash space in central Oakland. All of the parkland in the Lake Merritt area is completely off-limits to people with dogs, even on leash. All we are asking for is half an acre. Help us end this inequity.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUR CAUSE:
- Come to the meeting on December 4th. If you want to speak, let us know. We’d be happy to help you with speaking points if you’d like.
- Write to City Council, and tell them to approve this park. You can email email@example.com, use our handy form, send a handwritten letter to Council, Oakland City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, Call your City Council member.
- Watch our videos, and spread the word to your friends.
- If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook page. We will keep you posted on next steps.
- Share our post on Facebook about this meeting, and tell your friends to come.
- If you’d like to volunteer to help, send us an email.
We’re having an event to discuss the proposed Lakeview dog park, and get letters to City Council. Meet your fellow dog-lovers in a beautiful, sunny private garden. We will provide all the supplies, and pizza and snacks, too.
LOCATION: 373 Hanover Street, Oakland [map]
Date: Sunday, October 7th, 1 pm – 4 pm
What: Pizza, snacks, and other refreshments. Bring your laptop or iPad if you want to send a letter electronically.
Dogs: Very well-behaved dogs are invited to come, too. As this is a private garden, dogs who love to dig may want to stay home.
City Council candidate Sean Sullivan, a strong supporter of ODOG will be available to take your questions. Mary Scott and Susan Snyder, who collaborated on a beautiful book of historical photos of dogs will be signing their book as a fundraiser for ODOG ($15 for a copy).
You may have completed the park district’s online survey last year that included several questions about dogs. That was to gather info for the Master Plan. The 10,000 signatures we dog advocates gathered last year was in response to the survey and Master Plan update.
The new Master Plan will guide park district policies for the next 10 years or more. As it reads today, the new Master Plan will support building out new trails for “hikers, equestrians, and bike riders” – but not for people walking dogs.
Many popular trails have already closed to dogs (or now require dogs to be on leash), including Stream, Serpentine, and Dunn. Over time, trail closures and this new policy will gradually transform much of the park district into a place off-limits to people with dogs.
There will be six public meetings about the proposed policy changes in September and October. The first is in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The complete schedule and locations are below.
It is CRITICAL that dog advocates turn out in large numbers at every meeting. Some very vocal groups are opposed to dogs (off leash or even on leash). THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO BE HEARD before the updated policies go to the Board of Directors for approval. Don’t give anyone the chance to say that “most people we heard from at
these community meetings were opposed to dogs.”
Even if you hate speaking in public – be there as a warm body in support of furry ones. NUMBERS COUNT. Bring your friends and family along, too.
We need to make it clear that people with dogs – who are 35% or more of the EBRPD’s park users today, and probably 40 percent of the East Bay taxpayer base – expect to continue to enjoy the parks with our dogs.
The changes to the existing park district policies can be viewedhere:
We need two important corrections.
RFA2 says: “The District will provide a diverse system of trails to accommodate a variety of recreational users including hikers and joggers, dog owners, bicyclists and equestrians. Both wide and narrow trails will be designed and individually designated to accommodate either single- or multiple uses, as appropriate, based on location,
recreational intensity, environmental and safety considerations.”
This essentially lists the major park user groups. We would like “dog owners” changed to “people with dogs.” Park users often walk another family member’s or a friend’s or a client’s dog.
RFA3 says: “The District will continue to add both designated and shared use narrow trails for hikers, equestrians and bike riders throughout the system of regional parklands.”
As written, this means that AS A MATTER OF POLICY the park district will be able to exclude people with dogs from all new trails. (And if they don’t – people who oppose dogs can challenge that by saying that it’s “not in the Master Plan.”)
This MUST be changed. The park district should not implement a blanket policy that excludes a major group of park users/supporters.
Please note that these policies were extensively vetted over the past 18 months by staff, the Board, the Park Advisory Committee, and many others. Logically, all the user groups in RFA2 should have been repeated in RFA3 — so we can’t just assume that leaving people with dogs off the list was an oversight. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t.
But if we don’t speak out it won’t change.
PLEASE ATTEND AS MANY OF THESE MEETINGS AS YOU CAN:
September 11, 2012
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Oakland
Richard Trudeau Training Center
Redwood Regional Park
11500 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
September 19, 2012
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Concord
Concord Senior Center
2727 Parkside Circle
Concord, CA 94519
September 22, 2012
10 – 11:30 a.m. – Oakley
Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta
Big Break Regional Shoreline
69 Big Break Road
Oakley, CA 94561
September 29, 2012
10 – 11:30 a.m. – Fremont
Fremont Community Center
40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy.
Fremont, CA 94538
October 3, 2012
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Dublin
Dublin Unified School District
7471 Larkdale Ave.
Dublin, CA 94568
October 9, 2012
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Richmond
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
We’re looking for ODOG folks who live in the Rockridge/Temescal area! We need to get ODOG representatives to the Scenic Streets’ August 18th Hardy Park meeting. The neighborhood is preparing to get feedback and ideas for improving the dog run a Hardy Park, and the adjacent streetscape under the highway.
The meeting is at
Hardy Dog Park
Saturday, August 18th
If you’re interested in more information, please contact Jonah Chiarenza
TONIGHT is the night to speak out for this long-awaited dog park! 6 p.m. at City Hall. (it’s ok if you’re a little late, and you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to). It’s important for us to be there in force! Directions to City Hall:http://www2.oaklandnet.com/ContactUs/index.htm — at City of Oakland City Hall.
Wednesday, May 2, 6-10 pm
Lakeview Dog Play Area, near Lake Merritt will come before the Oakland Planning Commission. It’s vital that we have a strong presence at this meeting. Your presence will count even if you don’t want to speak. If you like, you can RSVP on their facebook page, or you can just show up! It’s also OK if you show up late.
In the meantime, please write to the Planning Commission and tell them you support this project! You can use the handy form we’ve set up. It takes less than 2 minutes, and you can use as-is, or customize with your own words.
Tuesday, April 17, 2 pm
Restrictions to off-leash access to the Dunn Trail in Redwood Regional Park are being discussed by the East Bay Regional Park District. Stop the ban of off-leash dogs! Attend their next meeting on April 17th, at 2950 Peralta Oaks Court in Oakland [map it]. In the meantime, you can send voice your opinion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a CC: to Odogparks@COMCAST.net
Saturday, April 14 at 10-10:30
Happy Tails and Trails has agreed to do another dog and horse training clinic, weather permitting. Bring your LEASHED dog and dog treats to meet a horse and learn how they can get along with just a handful of behavior changes. You will learn how to understand the behaviors of your dog, the horse and the rider, so that your dog is calmer around horses and everyone is safer on the trails. This is a big part of our chance to retain off-leash access so if you think your dog needs even a tiny bit of help, make time to attend. Please bring some small treats and be sure your dog is securely leashed. Meet at the trail entrance to Serpentine that abuts the Trudeau Center parking lot [map it].
If you are an equestrian who would like to participate, with or without a horse, please let us know if you would be available on this date or at future trainings.
The Lakeview Dog Play Area needs your support. Send an email in the next 24 hours to convince the city that dog owners deserve space in this neighborhood. We’ve made it extremely simple to send a note of support with our form letter. You can use it as-is, or use our talking point to write your own letter.
- Dog play area provides social space for people with dogs.
- Dog play area approved in Lake Merritt Master Plan and by the Parks Commission (2006 and 2010).
- Proposed plan gives us a legal space to go with our dogs.
- This busy neighborhood needs this amenity so we don’t have to drive to Alameda and Berkeley every day.
- The multi-use park has room for dogs, kids, soccer and more.
Lake Merritt Dog Park Update: We Need Letters
The next step in getting our proposed dog park near Lake Merritt built is to get it approved by the Oakland Planning Commission. Opponents to the park have been sending emails to the Commission, and we need to make sure our voice is heard! Please send emails supporting this project to Ann Clevenger at email@example.com, and CC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorial Service for Karin Hogan
Sadly, longtime user of the dog park at Joaquin Miller Park, Karin Hogan (who’s dog is Layla) passed away in November. Her friends from the dog park are having a memorial service for her at the dog park on Sunday, January 8th at 10 am. Karin’s mom will be coming out from Maine for the service, and would like to meet her dog park friends. If you want to send a note to Karin’s mom, please send it to email@example.com