14 February 2009

Community Meeting Update

Thanks to everybody that attended our January 2009 Nate's Point Meeting! For those that missed it, here's a summary of the discussion:

Information Kiosk
Many other dog parks and recreational areas have message boards, but not ours. Unfortunately, general public postings are not allowed on Balboa Park information boards, only "official" postings handled through Parks and Rec. Suggestions of info that could be posted:
  • Clean up after your dog!
  • Contact Phone Numbers (police, animal control)
  • Dog Park Rules and Etiquette
  • Meeting or Event Announcements
Small Dog Area, Turf Management, and Park Design
A primary discussion item is how to manage the park from a small dog and turf management standpoint. There are many elements to consider, and people on all sides of the issue.
The group at the meeting had a good discussion with a lot of ideas and input, with representation from many constituencies. The goal is to find a plan that serves everybody as best we can, taking into account usability, aesthetics, maintenance requirements, disabled access, and safety.

Our next step is to put together an advisory committee with a few willing volunteers to help reach out to our dog park community and come up with good plans for solving these issues, including design and funding options. If you're interested in volunteering in some capacity, please contact us.

General Issues
These general items are being discussed with Parks and Rec, updates will follow.
  • Bag dispensers are often empty by the end of the weekend
  • Speeding cars on Balboa Drive
  • Dog drinking fountain is not draining very well
  • The rear gate fence needs some fixing to help contain the small dogs
  • Access during or shortly after events is tough, particularly for disabled
Working with Other Groups
The track club would like to make it easier to hold running events in Balboa Park, in addition to helping regular daily joggers where possible. In the forthcoming planning, process we'll take the running group into account. In the meantime, we'll look at temporary fencing solutions to help make their events safe for dogs and runners.

We're looking forward to working with the community and continuing to improve and support our dog park! Thanks again.

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