PITTSBURG -- Get ready to let the dogs out. Plans are in the works for Pittsburg to become the latest East County city to have a dog park.
"There has been some public interest and we're looking to see what we can do," said Don Buchanan, Pittsburg's head of maintenance and recreational services.
"There's been a complete renaissance of (downtown) Pittsburg ... Why not cap it off with a dog park?," said Pittsburg resident David Nebenfuhr, who pushed for a dog park in Pittsburg.
Nebenfuhr has a Chihuahua named Taco, a miniature Pinscher named Beemer and a Basenji-terrier mix named Misty he currently takes to dog parks in Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord.
There would actually be two dog parks if all goes according to plan. One would be located in the yet-to-be built San Marco community park at the corner of San Marco Boulevard and West Leland Road.
That's good news to Judy Perez, who lives in the area.
"I think it would be great. Right now we go to (a dog park) in Martinez and Pittsburg would be a lot better," said Perez, who has two dogs, a cockerpoo named Spunky, and Cali, a Maltese mix. "I could take my dogs there and let them off the leash and they could run around and play. I would love to see a dog park in Pittsburg."
Dog parks definitely have their appeal and provide a place for dog owners to gather and let their pooches play. Antioch and Brentwood have dog parks but not Oakley.
A Community Advisory Commission has already given conceptual approval to the six-acre San Marco community park that would have fenced play areas for small and large dogs "There have not been any negative comments regarding the dog park," Buchanan said.
The second location would be in a fenced area at the existing Highlands Ranch park between Buchanan Road and Rangewood Drive.
"It is not heavily used by group sports at this time," Buchanan said. "It would be cost-effective (and) it's an adequate size as well."
Plans calls for work on the San Marco community park to start next year and completed by September 2015.
Discovery Builders has pledged to spend up to $1.5 million to build the park as a condition of a 12-year extension granted by the city to build housing in the San Marco subdivision. In addition to the dog park, other amenities would include a playground, tennis court, basketball court, a softball/baseball field, a picnic area and restrooms.
"If costs for the park are greater, then we would either have to reduce the size of the park or scope of the amenities or seek another funding source such as park dedication fees," Buchanan said.
Funds are available to support the design of a dog park at Highlands Ranch, but at this time no funds have yet been identified for its construction.
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