City Council: Keep Your Dog On A Leash

Do you think it's appropriate to have off-leash dog hours in the evening in Washington Park?

Dogs in Washington Park no longer have evenings for off-leash activities.

Back in August, the City Council granted a trial period of off-leash dog hours at Washington Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. However, the City Council this week rejected making the extension permanent.

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

Mayor Jerry Deal and Councilmember Cathy Baylock joined Keighran in her disapproval of extending dog off-leash hours at the park, Baylock echoing her safety concerns.

During the six-month trial period, staff on both the Parks and Recreation sides of the Parks and Recreation Department received no complaints about dogs off leash. There was one citation, one warning and two calls to police over the period of time.

However, those facts failed to negate the issues of safety and comfort with off-leash dogs.

“The safety issue is my main concern,” said Baylock. “A lot of people do not know how to deal with a dog off leash if they’re not dog people.”

This conversation raised a larger issue: the lack of a satisfactory dog park in Burlingame. Deal said he would first like to see a bona fide dog park, and Councilmember Terry Nagel suggested building one of the west side of Burlingame.Councilmembers reported complaints about the current dog park  at Bayside Park, as well as recommendations from residents on how to make the park better.

“There’s a lot of things we could do to make that park worth going to,” said Baylock. “I think that would be the appropriate place to start.”


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Miriam Finder March 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
To clarify, Burlingame does have a dog park at 1125 Airport Boulevard near Bayside Park. However, there have been complaints about the current park and requests for upgrades or a completely new dog park.
Resident since 1996 April 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
It's ashame that we cannot make upgrades to the park so that both dogs and children can use it. In Orange Memorial Park in SSF, they have both a dog park that is fenced in as well as a children's play structure within walking distance. This allows families with both dogs and children to use the park. As for the current dog park at Airport Blvd, it is probably the worst dog park around. It is desolate and smells really bad from the water treatment plant near by. We never see any dogs there. We have both a dog and kids and it would be great to have the entire family be able to use the same park.
Resident since 1996 April 17, 2012 at 05:42 AM
I forgot to mention that we have to drive to Foster City to use their dog park when we want our dog to run around freely. They have a beautiful dog park with an area for smaller dogs and an area for larger dogs. They use artificial turf.
j.m. April 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Actually Chrissy Field is full of dog poo, and pretty unusable for families. Poor example.
Tanya April 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I have kids who play in that park and I've never seen a problem with the dogs there. Burlingame is becoming way too much like a giant HOA.


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