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News - March 29, 2013

Planned dog park in north Palo Alto hits a snag

New options needed at El Camino Park after design violates environmental law

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto's plan to give residents in the north part of the city their first dog park is now in limbo after officials learned that visiting pooches would be exercising too close to another local species — the steelhead trout swimming in the nearby San Francisquito Creek.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Paloaltogirl, a resident of University South
on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

It's hard to tell from the commissioners' quotes, how they are prioritizing the dog park. We need one in north Palo Alto, a big one. This is likely the only opportunity to get one, in the near, or distant, future. Dog owners, please let the commissioners know how you feel!


Posted by Just as Well, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Veterinarians say that dog parks are not a good thing. They promote dog fights and spread parasites. Proof of vaccination is never required, either, so potentially they spread illness among dogs. It is extremely rare that they are well-maintained or cleaned. Dog owners often do not clean up after their own dogs, and they usually share drinking water.

They just are not healthy for dogs due to poor hygiene practices!


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