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Tails Wag for Possible Millbrae Dog Park

A park may be built as early as this summer.

Millbrae dogs are jealous of their neighbors in Burlingame, San Bruno and most other cities in the Peninsula. Those dogs all have parks designated just for them – to play fetch, gossip about their owners and enjoy the freedom of being off-leash.

To appease their best friends, Millbrae residents are gathering donations to build a dog park. They will need about $300,000 to pay for grading, fences, water, maintenance, as well as insurance, which is a main contributor to the hefty price tag.

“We’ve been looking at a lot of sites in Millbrae, our preference is either or because they get very little usage and they’re flat,” said Jennifer Price, co-chair of the Friends of the Millbrae Dog Park, an all-volunteer group seeking to create a dog park.

The organization, spearheaded by Councilman Wayne Lee, was formed in 2008, and the project has regained steam after being sidetracked for financial reasons.

Friends of the Millbrae Dog Park will send out mailers to dog owners in Millbrae and surrounding cities asking for donations, and will likely hold fundraising events in May and June.

“Building the park by this summer would be very optimistic, but we’re hoping for the end of the year,” Lee said.

To find out more about the dog park, check out the Friends of the Millbrae Dog Park Website. In addition to donations, the organization is seeking volunteers, such as landscape architects and maintenance workers.

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Chris Renteria April 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Jennifer is working extreamly hard on this park. Thanks Jen.
A mom in Millbrae April 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Thank you for putting your time and effort into this project. It would be wonderful to have a dog park in Millbrae!! Yeah!
Mr. W April 30, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The park will become a dirty wasteland. The urine smell will make the area horrible People already let their dogs loose there and don't pick up the poop. Just walk the block around Meadows Park , dog owners let their dogs poop in the front of their neighbors houses and leave it..I don't feel that by having a chain link fence around the park will make the dog owners any more responsible to pick up after themselves. In other cities dog parks are not in residential areas. There must be some health code. The school is also close by. I have owned dogs for 40 years and I feel that this is a bad fit for the neighborhood. Please leave it as is and enforce the law to pick up after your dog.
Kathy Re July 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The residents of the Meadows Park neighborhood do NOT want this dog park in their residential area. It would take away parking in front of our homes (95% of people who go to dog parks drive their dogs there, and this park has no parking lot). The resulting barking from park dogs as well as from dogs in their adjacent backyards reacting to Tthem would be very stressful for all of us. Not to mention the smells resulting from urine and other excretement left in park. There is a grammar school one half block away, so an area so close with dogs off leash is a safety concern as well. This from one of MANY very concerned neighbors in Meadows Park area.
Kenneth Hong January 11, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I agree that Meadows Park is a poor choice. Dog parks are dirty and un inviting to non dog owners. I also live in the area and like going to the park to enjoy the space and quiet nature of the area. a dog park should NOT be in a residential area where it will bring in additional unwanted traffic. the park does not have parking, and there is a school nearby. the potential for even one dog to go off leash and have an unpleasant encounter with a small child should be enough reason to pick another location for a dog park. It is also know that dog owners seek out places for un leashed dog space and they will travel to other cities to find them. there is no benefit to bringing in outsiders to the neighborhood. put the park down closer to businesses such as Rotary Park or along the spur trail. there is mor parking, less small children, and fewer homes would be impacted

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