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Kids vs. Dogs on Lakeshore

Notice went up on Friday the 13th of Notice of Application for a Dog Play Park next to Astro Park.

Notice went up on Friday the 13th of "Notice of Application for a Dog Play Park" next to Astro Park. As a parent living in the Grand Lake neighborhood for the last 12 years my kids spent many wonderful days playing in this park as well as the field that surrounds it. The field is always being used by soccer and baseball enthusiasts of all ages. The popular Grand Lake Farmers Market attracts huge throngs of young people and their families to the park.

In the application notice the project is described as a dog play park. It is natural to assume that dogs like to socialize with one another as do their keepers. But dog play and people play are not always complementary activities and deserve their own areas. Since Astro Park and the Grand Lake district are well-established people destinations, I believe that the city can find a more appropriate space for dogs and their owners to gather.

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Majority April 28, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Stay classy, Cheryl. Lots of wild claims and accusations here. Got any proof to back up any of it?
Grateful Dad May 23, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I'm grateful that the Oakland Planning Commission decided not to create a Dog Play Park next to Astro Park, especially since summer is coming and we'll be down there regularly. But I hear the proponents are going to appeal, so I guess it ain't over yet. Stay tuned.
Tim Rood May 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I wasn't at the Planning Commission hearing, but it sounded like many of the fears expressed by opponents and Commissioners (e.g., reduced dog park is now "too small" or "too close to playground" to work well) could have been addressed with factual information about other, currently operating dog parks in Oakland. Hardy Park dog park is smaller and closer to Frog Park playground than what's proposed for the Lakeview dog play area. Proponents may come to the Council armed with scaled drawings and measurements to counter the opponents' anecdotes and speculation.
Grateful Dad December 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Oakland City Council will decide on the proposed fenced dog run area next Tuesday, December 18. This will be your last chance to voice opinions on this controversial matter.
Grateful Dad December 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Wow ... ended up a tie last night at city hall. Now the new guard will be asked to take a vote on the dog run. The saga continues ...

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