Burlingame Seeks Community Input On Off-Leash Hours

How do you think off-leash hours for dogs in community parks should be handled?

Burlingame Parks and Recreation staff members are continuing an investigation into modifying off-leash hours for dogs in Washington Park.

The Burlingame Dog Park Task Force has asked Parks and Recreation staff to find community volunteers to serve as liaisons between staff and community members, specifically dog owners using parks with off-leash dog hours.

Anyone with an opinion on off-leash hours and park use for dogs is encouraged to participate.

Back in June of 2011, the City of Burlingame released results of a survey asking residents about dog off-leash hours.

At the time, 62 percent of the approximately 150 survey participants approved extending off-leash hours in designated areas for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in addition to the current 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. off-leash hours in areas of Washington Park and Cuernavaca Park.

Following the survey, the City Council granted a six-month trial period allowing off-leash dogs in Washington Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. However, in March 2012, the Council rejected making the change permanent.

“I don’t want to be turning Washington Park into a dog park,” said Mayor Ann Keighran at the time. “I am always very concerned about the safety of the people in Washington Park, especially Washington Park because there are a lot of kids.”

Burlingame also has a dog exercise park at 1125 Airport Boulevard, which is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To become a liaison and share your input on off-leash hours and parks options for dog owners, contact Kevin Buchanan at 650-558-7310 or KBuchanan@burlingame.org.


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