Committee to Develop Dog Management Recommendations
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 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 Committee’s first meeting will be schedule for September.
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.
Committee meetings will be open to the public and will be listed on the Parks Commission page.