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:
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:
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.
It’s time to spread the word: the Golden Gate National Recreational Area is trying to cut off-leash access by nearly 90 percent at local recreation areas. The GGNRA released a 1500-page proposal to eliminate off-leash dog areas in the Bay Area at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and elsewhere in Marin and San Mateo.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, the GGNRA released a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in September for the proposed Dog Management Plan. They released a Draft EIS in 2011, which would have cut where you can go with your dog in the GGNRA by 90 percent. Public comment on the Draft EIS was overwhelmingly against the plan by a margin of 3-to-1. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution opposing the plan, in large part because it did not consider the impacts on city parks if the GGNRA made these cuts.
Yellow Dog and Sundown enjoying some off-leash time at Fort Funston. If the GGNRA proposal is implemented, we may not get to do this anymore.
Despite this opposition, the GGNRA has essentially not changed their plan. The Preferred Alternative in the SEIS is the same as the Draft EIS with some minor changes. It still cuts where you can walk with your dog, both on-leash and off-leash, by roughly 90 percent.