TO ENTER: post a picture on the facebook wall of Lakeview Dog Play Area of your dog in costume
PRIZES: $10 gift certificate to PAWS AND CLAWS pet store (sponsor of our fundraiser on 10/28); and your pic gets to be on Lakeview Dog’s marquee (under the logo).
EXTRA POINTS: caption your pic with your dog’s name. You can also mention why this off-leash area would be important to you.
DEADLINE: Wed., Oct 19th at midnight pacific.
JUDGES: Michelle Dong, Terry Boom, and Paul Vidican.
BACKGROUND ON THE LAKEVIEW DOG PLAY AREA PROJECT
Were you aware that if one of your dog’s paws touches grass in most of Oakland’s parks, you could get a ticket?
For more than ten years, a committed group of canine loving volunteers has been going through Oakland’s byzantine system to build an off-leash area for neighbors near Lake Merritt, in a largely UNUSED spot by I-580. It’s been approved several times by Oakland city departments, and was included in the Adams Point Urban Design Plan and the Lake Merritt Master Plan. It would be used daily by nearby residents, many of whom are elderly and without access to any place to socialize with their companion animals and other like-minded people. The plan would also add year-round flowers and several trees to what is now a patchy yellowish lawn.
Recently, a small but very vocal group has stepped up to oppose this much-needed amenity. They are claiming it will be an eyesore, an unattractive place, unsafe for children … they are using every scare tactic to whip up fear and make this fall through, We need your help to make this park a reality!
EASY WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Join the Facebook page for this project. There’s strength in numbers, and more supporters sends a message to City Hall.
Visit the website for this project, get informed, and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.