Good News for Dogs
By Assemblymember Phil Ting
There is some good news for dog owners! We will soon see work commence on a new play area for dogs at Golden Gate Park that will serve countless residents of the Richmond and Sunset districts or, more specially, their furry friends.
This renovation is among the list of projects in the 2017-18 state budget for which I was able to secure funding aimed at preserving and improving city assets that San Franciscans can enjoy far into the future. In this case, a $2 million grant from the state budget has allowed design and planning processes to begin in anticipation of construction.
The current Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area, located off Fulton Street and 39th Avenue, had shown itself to be in desperate need of renovation. Fencing needs to be replaced. There is no separate play area for small dogs. Water runoff is not captured effectively, causing puddling and other unsafe conditions. The parking lot suffers from degraded pavement and does not have code-compliant accessible parking spaces. Throughout the site, there is a lack of American with Disabilities Act-compliant access.
We San Franciscans love our dogs, and they deserve a safe, updated place for them to play and socialize with other dogs.
Additionally, dog owners with disabilities need an accessible place to bring their dog for play. Dog parks are also great places for neighbors to connect and get to know each other, building community.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been holding several community meetings and conducting surveys in the last year to gather input from the training area’s neighbors and users as to what they want to see in the new facility.
My staff had attended meetings in the past, and I attended a planning workshop that was held last month at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center, just up Fulton Street from the dog training area.
I was heartened to see members of the community turn out to voice their opinions to the Recreation and Park Department and Richmond District Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
At the meeting, staff unveiled two proposed designs for what the renovated dog park would look like. Both designs include separate areas for large and small dogs to play, as well as a mix of sand and synthetic turf surfaces to give a variety of areas. New sections will also have soil and plantings to manage water runoff.
You can learn more about the project at its dedicated page on the Recreation and Park website: http://sfrecpark.org/project/dogtraining-area-ggp-renovation-project. There, you can review the proposed designs and fill out an online survey to give feedback; the survey closes on Friday, Aug. 17. For additional questions and feedback, you can contact project manager Brett Desmarais at firstname.lastname@example.org or(415) 575-5601.
I cannot wait to see the finished product when it opens. I am honored to have had a role in creating a modern, safe dog training area for Richmond and Sunset districts’ residents to use.
Phil Ting represents the 19th Assembly District, which includes the west side of