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Feedback on proposed new dog park in Nealon Park

From: domainremoved <Hollie>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:05:19 -0800


I am a resident of Menlo Park and live close to Nealon Park. I have a
child and a dog, so I visit parks/playgrounds for my daughter and walk my
dog on a daily basis. While I appreciate dog parks (and use them
regularly) and understand that dogs and their owners need off-leash space I
also strongly feel that children and adults need unstructured open space as
well. The grassy area at Nealon Park between Little House and the
playground is very valuable and gets used in myriad ways every day by all
types of people. I absolutely do not want to see it get converted into a
1-use area that can only be enjoyed by dogs.

I support either continuing the current use of the softball fields as a dog
park, or finding a different location for a dedicated dog park. The open
space area at Jack Lyle park is often occupied with organized sports, so
the grassy area at Nealon Park represents one of the only options in the
area to play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, or play a game of catch,
especially on the weekends. Burgess Park offers nice amenities to families
as well, but for those of us who live west of El Camino Real, getting to
Burgess Park is not easy, especially with young kids and without using a
car. If I replaced every trip to Nealon Park with a trip to Burgess Park I
would be adding an average of 2 car trips (4 trips including both
directions) every day to the traffic burden of Menlo Park.

Please consider finding a different location for the dog park that doesn't
take away grassy space that gets used so frequently by so many people.

Thank you,
Hollie Pope
Received on Wed Nov 04 2015 - 08:07:07 PST

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