Dog Walkers Rally Against New Restrictions

Bay Area dog walkers gathered at Fort Mason Wednesday afternoon to protest the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s proposal to immediately reduce the number of dogs commercial dog-walkers can take to popular parks in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties.

The GGNRA wants to implement an interim rule reducing commercial dog-walker groups to six, rather than eight, dogs at parks like Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Stinson Beach and others. This rule is part of the controversial 1500-page Dog Management Plan, which is currently undergoing a government-mandated review process.

Dog walkers say reducing the number of dogs they can take will hurt their business, resulting in higher rates for customers. The other option would be frequenting city parks instead of national parks.

That’s exactly what San Francisco City Supevisors are afraid of. They are against the Dog Management Plan because they say it doesn’t adequately address the overflow at city parks which will result from restricting access to the national parks and will be a drain on city resources.

See the rally and the full details in this KRON 4 report:

 

Follow all the latest updates on the GGNRA proposal with the Save Off Leash group’s website and Facebook page.

 

 

Reminder: GGNRA Comment Period Ending Soon!

The clock is ticking to tell the Golden Gate National Recreation Area what you think about their Dog Management Plan; public comments are due by February 18, 2014!

By now, you’re likely aware of the GGNRA’s plan to drastically reduce dog access at a number of national parks around the Bay Area, including Fort Funston (if not, see our links at the end of this post). To give you a visual idea of the land the GGNRA wants to take away at the Fort, check out this telling image courtesy of Rocky at Ocean Beach DOG:

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You can see access will be drastically cut, with cuts represented by the red on the map. The green areas are the only areas dogs will be allowed off-leash, a mere fraction of the current off-leash area.

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