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Supes say let dogs run in Golden Gate park

Let’s hear it for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

By a 10 to 1 vote, supervisors went on record opposing a federal proposal to restrict dogs in parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The National Park Service earlier this year proposed to “completely or significantly reduce” the off-leash areas in the recreation area to “strike a balance between park landscape, native wildlife and the 16 million visitors.”

The park service is considering mandating leashes in open spaces where dogs currently roam free and banning them entirely in some popular dog-walking areas.

Dog lovers responded to the proposal swiftly, labeling it “extreme environmentalism,” and even considered suing the federal government if the proposal passed, according to the website Curbed.

In early April, Supervisor Scott Weiner introduced a resolution in opposition to the proposed dog policies. This week, all but one of the supervisors voted for it — in part out of concern that restricting dogs on the federal park land could overburden city parks.

The National Park Service has proposed restricting dogs from San Francisco’s Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston, which are among the most popular places to take dogs in the city.

Federal officials are still taking public comment on the plan and expect to put new rules in place next year.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

If ALL dog owners CLEANED UP after their pets (and you know who you are) there would likely be less pressure on legislators to introduce these kinds of restrictive measures in the first place.
As a dog owner/lover I am regularity dismayed at the lack of concern for both other dog people and non dog owners shown by a large number of people who DO NOT clean up after their pets. As a group, we can, and should do better.

Comment from bookish
Time April 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

@smokes, I’m not sure if you live in the Bay Area and have been to the places the Park Service is trying to ban dogs, but it has the least amount of dog poop I have ever seen. I’m much more dismayed at the amount of excrement I find in my neighborhood than I am at any of the parks where dogs are allowed either on- or off-leash. I’m even more impressed by the way owners and walkers ban together to clean up the stray pile someone may have missed or ignored–both on their own AND in organized events.

I do think there should be enforced fines for people who don’t clean up after their pets, but that’s not the issue here and the Bay Area proves that owners will take care of what they can use since it is usually such a small, sad amount of land available.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

@books: No I live in the Megalopolis on the right coast, and unfortunately, ‘we’ are pigs.
I spent several years on the left coast while I was in the Navy in the late ’60s and always marveled at the comparative cleanliness of the streets. Unclaimed dog poop is an issue here. It’s a simple matter of personal responsibility – and that, unfortunately, appears to be in decline.