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Dog Park at Nealon Park

From: domainremoved <Kristine>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:09:11 +0000

Dear City Council,
I am writing to inquire who in Menlo Park is ultimately responsible for the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. A year or two ago (time escapes me), there was a study done on the plan for Nealon Park which included investigating moving the dog park from temporary hours in the baseball field to a full time location somewhere else in Nealon Park. There were several city sponsored meetings on this topic which resulted in the residents around Nealon Park being told that the plan will NOT include a relocation of the dog park to another spot in Nealon Park. Thus, I am stunned to see the Parks & Recreation Master Plan Recommendations mention of "relocating the dog use area from the sports field" and "reconfigure the park's pathways to create a space for a fenced off-leash dog area" that is at least acre with all day hours.

  * It appears that the consultants running this master plan process appear not to be informed of the history of the Nealon Park dog park debate. Why are we revisiting this again?
  * I previously submitted my email to be kept up to date on status of Nealon Park. However, I received no notice that there was a public meeting this week to comment on the master parks plan.

Today I submitted my comments to the Parks & Recreation Master Plan per the link on the plan website. However, I wanted to raise this issue to somebody other than the consultants running the process. Accordingly:

  * I am a home owner on Morey Drive with children, and I am a dog owner.
  * The dog park barking noise is already loud, however, it is contained to only a few morning hours each day. Moving the dog park closer to the Morey residents, and extending the hours to all day so we will hear dogs barking all day every day, will be a noise hardship for the Morey Drive residents. Would you want YOUR home right on the edge of a dog park? Please don't do this to the taxpayers living on Morey Drive.
     * When the dog park was recently temporarily moved to the field by Little House, I was woken up every day by dogs barking, my ability to work from home was impeded as I couldn't take business calls with the dog noise, there was no ability to have a quiet relaxing meal on my patio, my own dog hearing the barking all day became agitated, etc. These may not seem like a big deal to you but they really did impact quality of life for the Morey Drive residents.
  * The large field by Little House is the only large field in west Menlo that doesn't regularly have organized sports using it. Families, couples - residents of all types - use this field regularly for various activities: birthday parties, quiet picnics, flying kites, playing frisbee, etc. Please do not take from the humans that use this field regularly and give it to dogs. As both a parent and dog owner tax payer, I firmly believe that the larger need for the community is to keep this space for non-dog use.
  * The Plan Recommendations include adding dog park areas to two other parks in West Menlo: Sharon Park and Stanford Hills Park. Since most of the dog owners that use the Nealon Park dog park appear to drive to Nealon Park, could the relocation simply be relocation to the other two new dog parks?

Thank you very much for your consideration of this matter which is very important to the Morey Drive residents.
Kristine Ball
Received on Fri Apr 12 2019 - 11:04:27 PDT

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