Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the East Bay Regional Park District to drastically reduce dog areas

I live in Berkeley and wonder if you are aware of the current plans of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to drastically reduce their accessibility by people with dogs.

GGNRA and EBRPD encompass thousands of acres of unparalleled beauty in the Bay Area, with many wild and undeveloped areas that most people never see (unless they’re taking their dogs). You don’t list them all your website, but the freedom to enjoy these places with dogs is unmatched in California, perhaps in the nation. It is extraordinary to have such magnificent natural and scenic areas in a densely populated area like San Francisco.

GGNRA has a plan in the works that would all but eliminate off-leash activities at popular places like Fort Funston, Muir Beach, Ocean Beach, etc. Currently only 1% of GGNRA allows dogs but they want to take that away. The proposed changes would make these places inaccessible, seriously affecting the quality of life for thousands of people and their dogs.

In Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the EBRPD (over 100,000 acres) has allowed dogs to be under voice control, off-leash, in virtually all undeveloped areas. They are considering severely restricting access for people with dogs, making the Bay Area decidedly dog-unfriendly.

As I’m sure you know, San Francisco is a freedom-loving city. There are roughly 120,000 dogs in SF alone, and the rest of the Bay Area compounds that exponentially. Nearly 16 million people visited here last year, 71% of them for leisure. Many of them with their dogs. (I can’t find statistics on that – maybe you can help?)

Can you help us keep these places accessible to people with their dogs? They are major factors in making the Bay Area such a wonderful place to live and visit.

For your information:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/blogs/under-dome/2011/04/san-francisco-supervisors-howl-against-ggra-leash-proposal
http://www.eco-dog.org/get-informed/overview
http://www.ebparks.org/activities/dogs
http://www.nps.gov/goga/parkmgmt/dog-management.htm

from E Freed – Berkeley



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