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Fw: Dog Park at Nealon Park

From: domainremoved <Michelle>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 18:09:11 +0000

Attention Menlo Park City Council Members,


I am emailing with concerns about the Nealon Dog Park still remaining on the baseball field. Please see the included emails. The first one is at the bottom. I was suggested I address these concerns to the City Council.


Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Michell Bui



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From: Schweigart, Derek S <dsschweigart_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 11:09 PM
To: Michelle Bui
Subject: RE: Dog Park at Nealon Park


Michelle, I will be glad to forward your comments on to my team as well as the Commission. I would also encourage you to write to the City Council and let them know of your concerns with the current situation. If there are others who have the same sentiment they should do so as well.



Thanks again for taking the time bring your concerns to our attention.





Derek S. Schweigart

Assistant Community Services Director

City of Menlo Park

650-330-2267

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From: Michelle Bui [mailto:mrbui01_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 2:28 PM
To: Schweigart, Derek S <dsschweigart_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: Dog Park at Nealon Park



Derek,



Thank you for getting back to me regarding the dog park at Nealon. I understand you are the messenger, though I am disappointed with the message.



Just because one group "yells louder" than another, does not mean their ideas are correct or best. People tend to avoid change because they get used to the status quo. I understand current residents like the grass area adjacent the field, but why can't they share with the dogs the same current dog park hours? I understand the dog owners like what they currently have, but they are not considering the hygiene aspect of the situation, and the fact that the dogs will still have an enjoyable place to play.



When the dog park is temporarily relocated, dog owners will get used to the move, the dogs won't care either way and the grass area of the field will be clean and usable to everyone but the dogs. When there is not a game, people will have a great, clean grass area to use. This seems extremely logical, however there are always people who choose to be difficult.



If the dog park is properly relocated from the baseball field, more amenities would be able to be incorporated to the dog park. There could be longer hours, seating and shade for dog owners (during the heat they are staying in the shady area of the field) and even some activity areas for the dogs. Jack Lyle is 0.3 mile from Nealon, and has a great grass area. Is there room for a dog park?



Some of us are tax payers and some are renters. Though not always logical and fearful of change, in the long run we want what is best for the community. A clean baseball field and an all day dog park would be a huge benefit.



Please copy the members of your City team as well as the Parks and Recreation Commission with these additional thoughts.



I appreciate your engagement.



Thank you,

Michelle

Make each day your masterpiece 🎨

On May 1, 2017, at 11:59 AM, Schweigart, Derek S <dsschweigart_at_(domainremoved)

Michelle,
The City in preparation for the renovation of the Nealon Park sports field renovation explored the option of relocating the existing dog park to another location in Nealon Park. Unfortunately this move was met with concerns from neighboring residents as well as dog owners who use the current park. Residents were concerned about losing the "great lawn" adjacent to the ball field which was one of the proposals and the dog owners were not supportive of the move either for fear of losing what they currently have. The Council directed staff to increase field maintenance to help mitigate the issues of the dogs while at the same time improving the sports field conditions. The City is moving forward with the sports field renovation that will be conducted in phases to fix the irrigation and then replacement of field surface. During this period the field will be closed to sports field users and dog owners. The City is also exploring the option of a temporary dog park being located in the park during the field renovation.

We appreciate your concerns and know they are shared by others. We are doing what we can to accommodate the competing interests and evaluating the situation as we move these projects along. Our hope is that we can address the concerns of hygiene while at the same time meeting the needs of dog owners and the nearby neighbors. I'm copying some members of our City team as well as the Parks and Recreation Commission on your email.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your concerns and feel free to contact me to discuss further.



Derek S. Schweigart
Assistant Community Services Director
City of Menlo Park
650-330-2267




-----Original Message-----
From: Michelle Bui [mailto:mrbui01_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:27 PM
To: Schweigart, Derek S <dsschweigart_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Dog Park at Nealon Park

Hello Mr. Schweigart,

I am emailing regarding the dog park on the baseball field at Nealon Park. This is not the first time I am addressing this issue. Many people within the past couple of years expressed concerns about the dog park being on a baseball field as well. Having the dog park where people play sports, especially baseball, the sport the field is intended for, is gross. Over the years I have had to clean dog poop out of my child's cleats and clothes. We were told the dog park would be moved to a different area at Nealon, but this has not happened.

I am a dog owner and a dog lover, and I would not allow my dog to run around on a field where children and adults play. The actions of the dog owners are selfish and the city chooses to turn a blind eye to a serious situation.

Please let me know what the plans are for this dog park. I volunteer at Meals On Wheels a few days a week and see all the dogs running around on the field intended for baseball. My father walked around the park yesterday for an hour and noticed many dogs defecated on the field and owners did not pick up after their dogs. The situation needs to finally be addressed.

Thank you,

Michelle Bui

Make each day your masterpiece 🎨

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Received on Wed May 17 2017 - 11:14:06 PDT

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