Help Update San Mateo County Parks' Dog Management Policies
Currently, San Mateo County Parks operates under a County ordinance that prohibits dogs in County parks. Yet, during the past 10 years, the Department has accepted properties from other agencies and “grandfathered in” the practice of on-leash dog walking at Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry and Wicklow parks, and the Loma Mar addition to Memorial Park. Some trails, including the Coastal Trail, Devil’s Slide Trail, which is a segment of the Coastal Trail, and the Bay Trail are also exceptions to the no dogs policy.
In September 2016, San Mateo County Parks convened its new Dog Committee--a 10-member committee which includes Coastside DOG. The Dog Committee will be meeting monthly over the next year and soliciting valuable community (see February 2017 community meeting dates below). In addition to recommending updates to the County ordinances and identifying potential dog recreation opportunities, the Dog Committee is expected to outline criteria to be used in identifying parks, places or trails best suited for dog activity and parameters for specific pilot areas where dog management will be allowed and monitored to determine effectiveness. Topics of enforcement, budget, owner education, and park infrastructure will also be on the Dog Committee’s agenda.
All monthly San Mateo County Parks Dog Committee meetings are open to the public. For Committee updates and meeting agendas, please visit http://parks.smcgov.org/dogs-at-SMC-parks.
FEBRUARY 2017 COMMUNITY MEETINGS
The San Mateo County Parks Dog Management Committee will be holding three community meetings in February 2017. The purpose of the meetings is to share the committee's goals and to gather valuable community input. Coastside DOG hopes you can make it!