DUBLIN -- City leaders are surveying the public to find out if people want a third dog park in town.
Dublin has one full-size pooch play land, the 2-acre Dougherty Hills Dog Park on Amador Valley Boulevard, and a quarter of an acre for small dogs only within the Bray Commons Park on Finnian Way. Some residents say that's not enough, especially in a fast-growing town where the main dog park is often crowded. Before deciding what to do, the City Council called for opinion survey open for the public to take part in through Feb. 28.
People can access the survey questions until then online through the city website, www.ci.dublin.ca.us, or get printed survey copies at Dublin's civic center, library, senior center or community center. Signs will be posted at city parks with QR codes to access the survey on mobile devices. Ten questions relate to a possible dog park, while other questions relate to overall park priorities for Dublin.
"We want to hear from local residents," said Paul McCreary, Dublin's parks and community services director. "This will be an important element of the city's decision: Does the public want another dog park, and, if so, what elements should it have?"
Dublin resident Sheila Jessup-Schwarz said she wants another dog park. She has been rounding up information and supporters and attending city meetings to make her case.
"Dogs need safe, fenced areas to run and socialize," said Jessup-Schwarz, who has two shepherd-Labrador mix dogs named Cody and Max. She said the grass-covered Dougherty Hills Dog Park is good but can be crowded with people and their pets. While city officials note that the Dougherty Hills Dog Park is near the geographic center of Dublin, Jessup-Schwarz said opening a new park in East Dublin would save time and fuel for East Dublin residents such as herself.
"A new dog park would be good for the environment and good for building a sense of community," she said. "Dog parks are a good place to meet people and make friends."
Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti said it's too early to say whether the council will commit to a new dog park.
"There appears to be public interest, but it involves a commitment of resources, so we want to get all the information we can," said Sbranti, who has a yellow Labrador.
McCreary said the city would look at potential dog park areas within existing parks or designated park sites -- rather than trying to buy new land. The city spent some $570,000 to develop the Dougherty Hills Dog Park in 2007, officials said.
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