Promoting responsible dog walking and advocating for dog-friendly open space on the San Mateo County coast.
San Mateo County Dog Plan - July 2019 Update
Right now San Mateo County Parks is deciding where dog walking should and should not be allowed in our county parks system. If dog owners want fair trails access on the Peninsula and to keep our Coastside county parks dog-friendly like they have been for decades, now is the time to speak up and take action.
UPDATE: While County Parks took one step forward this June opening up Coyote Point (San Mateo) and Junipero Serra (San Bruno) county parks to on-leash dog walking (6-month pilots), they have taken two steps back for dog walking recreation on the coast. On July 1, 2019 San Mateo County Parks made off-leash dog walking recreation a ticketable offense at Quarry Park and Pillar Point Bluff—places where Coastside residents have walked their dogs off-leash for 40+ years. County Parks made this decision without holding any public meetings on the coast and despite public outcry. (Read the July 3, 2019 Half Moon Bay Review article on County Parks’ “education” and citation plans.)
IMPORTANT AUG. 5 OFF-LEASH ACCESS MEETING
If we want to keep off-leash recreation at Quarry Park and Pillar Point Bluff--the Coastside’s historic off-leash dog walking areas--it is critical that dog owners attend County Parks’ off-leash access meeting at 2pm on Monday, August 5 at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center in Redwood City. Public comment will be taken at 2pm. Thanks for spreading the word and hope to see you on August 5!
Important News - NPS Suspends the GGNRA Dog Plan
On January 10, 2017 the National Park Service issued a public statement saying that it is suspending its final decision on the dog plan for Golden Gate National Recreation Area pending an agency investigation into staff use of personal email for agency business in the dog management planning process. The emails were brought to light via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Bay Area recreation and dog groups including Coastside DOG. Learn more at WoofieLeaks.com.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is calling on the Department of Interior Inspector General to conduct a full and public inquiry into this matter and for the National Park Service to rescind the GGNRA Dog Management Plan. (Click here to read the full press release.)
SFGate: (1/9): Park Service delays GGNRA dog management plan
SF Examiner (1/10): Park Service puts proposed GGNRA dog rules on hold
San Jose Mercury News (1/10): National Park Service delays new dog restrictions
KPIX-TV online (1/10): New GGNRA Dog Walking Rules On Hold In Wake Of ‘WoofieLeaks’ Documents
Half Moon Bay Review (1/12): Park Service Pulls Dog Rule after Emails Reveal Alleged Bias
National Park Service Releases its Final Plan for Dog Walking in the GGNRA (12/8/16)
On December 8, 2016, the National Park Service released its Final Environmental Impact Statement outlining the agency's proposed final plan for dog walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Currently, the Park Service is planning to sign the Record of Decision on January 10, 2017. Although the National Park Service is touting the plan as a compromise, it is far from a compromise. Right now dog walking is only allowed on 1% of GGNRA lands. The Park Service's plan would cut current off-leash dog walking areas in GGNRA by 90% and on-leash areas by more than 50%.
Coastside DOG and our partners are continuing to fight this highly restrictive plan.
Final Public Comment Period on the GGNRA Dog Management Plan
On February 23, 2016 the National Park Service released its Proposed Rule for dog management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The 90-day public comment period on the proposed rule ended on May 25, 2016. 4,106 public comments were submitted. In the public comments, people opposed the dog rule 3 to 1.