Los Altos’ quest for public input on fenced-in dog parks and off-leash hours continues Saturday when city staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission host two workshops.
The workshops are scheduled 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon in the Grant Park multipurpose room, 1575 Holt Ave.
Previous workshops held Feb. 12 at Shoup Park drew feedback from 173 people, “with many more coming to hear the presentation or to look at the options,” according to a city press release. “We hope to double the number of responses we received.”
While residents are encouraged to stay as long as they want, staff said the meetings’ format is designed to be drop-in with an interactive component. Informational presentations scheduled at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. will include a review of the history, criteria, dog park types and proposed locations.
Parks and Recreation commissioners are seeking feedback on the preferred location for a dedicated fenced-in dog park – McKenzie Park or the southern portion of Lincoln Park.
In addition, two locations are proposed for an off-leash pilot program – Hillview Baseball Field and Heritage Oaks Park.
The off-leash hours program would offer set times in the mornings and evenings, when not scheduled for other recreational programs. The pilot off-leash hours program does not involve dedicated space, except during the specified hours.
Commissioners will use feedback from the workshops to make a recommendation to the Los Altos City Council. The commission is scheduled to discuss possible recommendations at its March 18 meeting at the Los Altos Youth Center.
The workshops enable residents to weigh in on the options as well as provide other ideas and comments. Participants can select one option for a fenced-in dog park and one for the off-leash pilot program. The options are: “Yes” for either location, “Yes” to both locations, “Yes to Off-leash Hours, but not here,” “Yes to a Dedicated Fenced-in Dog Park, but not here,” “No to Off-leash Hours” or “No to a Dedicated Fenced-in Park.” Residents unable to attend the workshops can stop by Los Altos City Hall at 1 N. San Antonio Road or the Underground Teen Center at 400 University Ave.
The city will update residents via email or the city website at losaltosca.gov/dogpark.