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Nealon Dog Park

From: domainremoved <Yee>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:56:14 -0800

Dear members of the Menlo Park City Council:

I learned last week of the proposal to turn the multi-use field at Nealon
Park into a dedicated dog park. I am writing to express my opposition to
this proposal.

I live in Central Menlo Park with my husband and 2 young children. My son
as been attending the Menlo Atherton Co-op Nursery School for 2 years. My
daughter will start in Fall 2016.

We spend time at Nealon Park 3-4 times per week. We picnic on the grassy
field in question with other school families after class, and we attend
frequent birthday parties on that field. Most Saturdays and Sundays, the
field is used for birthday parties with bounces house, magician
performances, sports games, bubble blowing, and unrestrained running
around. We often see families engaging in impromptu activities such as
kite-flying, frisbee, running, and general merriment. This is an extremely
valuable resource for the children of our community.

There are very few places that large groups of people can regularly meet
and let their children run free. The field at Lyle Park is often used for
soccer games/practice and as a dog park. The Hillview School field is
almost always in use, and it is turf, which poses different problems. The
tiny grassy area at Tinker Park is just that, tiny, and is often used as a
dog park as well.

There are no other parks in close proximity to those of us who live between
El Camino and Alameda. Holbrook Palmer has a nice, large field, but it is
far from us and it is often used for dogs off leash as well. In addition,
though it is <2 miles from our house, it either involves a bicycle trip
across El Camino that is not suited for young kids, or an almost 10 min
drive in the car, due to traffic congestion.

We do not want to live in a community that has no public meeting places for
young families. We do not want to have to drive to other nearby
communities that have good parks, such as the Portola Valley Town Center,
or Shoup Park in Los Altos. We like to hop on our bikes/scooters/strollers
and head to Nealon Park and know that we will have a place for our children
to run around. Isn't that the whole purpose of public parks? I do not
think that the interests of dogs/dog owners should supersede the vital role
of play and exercise in children's lives, as well as the importance of
community.

On a personal note, I grew up going to this park. Though we lived in
Woodside, my mom drove us here almost every day when we were young. We
used to call it "Red Slide Park," due to the amazing red metal slide that
used to be there. Even 30+ years ago, it stood out as a community treasure
with its combination of central location, nice playground, and large
multi-use field.

I will try to attend the meeting on Tues 11/10, but probably can't, due to
my full-time work schedule and young kids at home. I know that some
families from our preschool are planning to attend.

Please feel free to contact me for any reason. I feel very strongly about
this issue.

Best regards,

Yee-Yie Fogarty, M.D.
1145 Hidden Oaks Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 793-2138
Received on Mon Nov 02 2015 - 08:57:29 PST

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