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From: domainremoved <Sarah>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:15:28 -0700

Dear City Council members:

I am writing to you to express my concerns about the plans to move the dog
recreation area away from the baseball field in Nealon Park. While I
understand the concerns over dog feces in an area where children play, I do
not think the best solution is to move the park to one of the smaller
proposed areas. There are many potential ways for dealing with cleanup,
while the proposed areas for the new park are insufficiently large for the
needs of the dog-owning residents of Menlo Park.

In order for the dogs, their owners, and nearby residents to be safe, the
dog park needs to be reasonably large and fully fenced. Smaller parks
result in crowding of dogs, who are then more likely to feel stressed and
act out toward other dogs. Then, when their owners intervene, they are also
in danger of injury. Furthermore, unfenced areas lead to the possibility of
lost dogs and/or hurt dogs, as well as subjecting people who are scared of
dogs to their presence.

I think there is every possibility that a good solution can be found to the
issues around Nealon Park. Whether that means moving the dog park to a
different (sufficiently large) dedicated area or more religiously policing
the cleanup of feces does not concern me as much as finding a good
compromise by which the needs of residents are filled. I know many parents
have argued that the needs of their children supercede those of the city's
dogs. However, the real issue here is not about kids vs. dogs, it's about
providing recreation spaces for all the residents of Menlo Park. This is
true whether they be parents or dog owners, or most likely, both. Thank you
for your time and consideration.


Sarah Stein
Received on Wed Jun 15 2016 - 13:21:49 PDT

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