5% Trails Access is Doggone Wrong

current dog walking access in smc parks:  Devil's Slide Trail, Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry Park, Mirada Surf County Park, and segments of the Coastal Trail and Bay Trail.

current dog walking access in smc parks: Devil's Slide Trail, Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry Park, Mirada Surf County Park, and segments of the Coastal Trail and Bay Trail.

Currently, people with dogs are only allowed on 5% of San Mateo County Park trails (10 miles out of 190 miles of trails). Meanwhile, other users like horseback riders have 90% access. These archaic policies date back nearly 80 years to when most of San Mateo County was agricultural land. 

Thanks to a recent ordinance change, in 2019 the San Mateo County Parks Department and Board of Supervisors will be deciding if recreational dog walking access should be increased in county parks, and if they should designate some legal off-leash trails (as provided in every other Bay Area county). Their answer should be YES! 

If we want fair access, NOW is the time for dog owners to band together and speak up for dog walking in San Mateo County Parks. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Sign and share the petition for fair dog walking access in San Mateo County Parks. Write a comment for ultimate impact. http://www.tinyurl.com/SMCDogWalkingPetition

  2. Attend a County Parks dog access meeting or email ParksandRecreation@smcgov.org to provide input on trails that you think should be opened up for dog walking, including off-leash trails. See below for upcoming meeting dates and locations.

  3. Team up with Coastside DOG to get fair trails access in San Mateo County parks. Contact info@coastsidedog.org to find out how you and your community can get involved.

  4. Continue to practice good trails etiquette on our 5% of dog-friendly trails. In 2019, County Parks will be monitoring dog-friendly sites such as Pillar Point Bluff and Quarry Park to ensure that people are complying with new rules that went into effect in December 2018. Click here for more information.


2019 County Dog Plan Meetings
(1st Monday of the Month - open to the public)

January 7, 2019
2pm-3:30pm
455 County Center, Room 402 (4th Floor)
Redwood City
Main Topics: New Dog Ordinance Rollout & Where Dog Walking Should and Should Not be Allowed in County Parks
Click
here for the meeting agenda.

February 4, 2019
2pm-3:30pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City
Main Topics: Where Dog Walking Should and Should Not be Allowed in County Parks
Click
here for the meeting agenda and 1/7 meeting notes.

March 4, 2019
2pm-4pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City
Main Topics: Selection of the 2019 On-Leash Expansion Pilot Sites
Click
here for the meeting agenda and 2/4 meeting notes.  

April 1, 2019
2pm-4pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City 

May 6, 2019
2pm-4pm
Board of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City 

*Note: Public comment will be taken at the beginning of each meeting.