Dog Management in San Mateo County Parks Committee
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Parks and Recreation Commission approved dog management policy recommendations presented at the December 7 meeting by the Dog Management Committee.
Monday, December 4, 2017
The Dog Management Committee will present its policy recommendations to the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission at its December 7 meeting.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
SMC Dog Management Committee Invites Review of Policy Recommendations
The community was invited to review policy recommendations developed by San Mateo County Parks' Dog Management Committee through three public meetings on September 6, 7, and 14; and an on-line survey.
Wednesday, February 27, 2017
Dog Management Committee Community Meetings
On Feburary 15, 22 and 23 the committee held meetings with the community. Ideas generated in the meetings are being compiled into a document that will guide the project forward.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The San Mateo County Parks Commission has named 10 community members to serve on a Dog Management Committee and advise the Commission as it seeks to update and clarify dog management policies in San Mateo County Parks.
The Dog Management Committee is comprised of 10 community members who advise the Parks and Recreation Commission as it seeks to update and clarify dog management policies in San Mateo County Parks. The Committee is comprised of two County Parks and Recreation Commissioners, a County Park Ranger, representatives from unincorporated areas of the mid-coast, Pescadero area, and North Fair Oaks, and representatives from conservation groups, equestrians, bicyclists, and dog advocates. Both the Peninsula Humane Society and San Mateo County Resource Conservation District have agreed to serve in an advisory capacity.
The members of the committee are:
- Mike Cooney, Commissioner and Committee Co-chair
- Neil Merrilees, Commissioner and Committee Co-chair
- Darrick Emil, San Mateo County Parks Ranger
- Nic Erridge, Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council
- Chris Johnson, Mid-Coast Community Council
- Rafael Avendano, North Fair Oaks Community Council
- Alternate: Aaron Gonzales, Youth
- Jim Sullivan, Pacifica Community Member and Mountain Biker
- Faye Brophy, Equestrian Trails and Recreation Advisory Council
- Alternate: Lyndal Erb
- Jerry Hearn, Conservation community
- Alternate: Cindy Abbott
- Christine Corwin, Coastside Dog Committee
Purpose of the Committee
Currently, Parks operates under a County ordinance that prohibits dogs in County parks. Yet, during the past 10 years, the Department has accepted properties from other agencies and “grandfathered in” the practice of allowing dogs on leash at Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry and Wicklow parks, and the Loma Mar addition to Memorial Park. Some trails, including the Coastal Trail, Devil’s Slide Trail, which is a segment of the Coastal Trail, and the Bay Trail are also exceptions. In addition to recommending updates to the County ordinances and identifying potential dog recreation opportunities, the Committee is expected to outline criteria to be used in identifying parks, places or trails best suited for dog activity and parameters for specific pilot areas where dog management will be allowed and carefully monitored to determine effectiveness.
Topics of enforcement, budget, owner education, and park infrastructure will also be on the Committee’s agenda. The Committee will be supported by Parks staff and an independent facilitator.
Send your ideas and comments to DogManagementCommittee@smcgov.org.
Committee meetings, listed below, were open to the public.
Staff Report on Dog Management
On December 7, 2018, Parks staff presented the dog management policy to the Parks Commission. View the Document »
Where are we in the process?
Learn what phase of the planning the committee is in with this handy process map.
Meetings began at 2:30pm and were held in:
455 County Center 4th Floor
Redwood City CA 94063 (See map)
Find agendas and minutes for the meetings listed below.