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Pilot program for off-leash dogs begins this week

Hillview Dog Park
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Dogs and their owners congregate last month at Hillview Baseball Field. The city recently formalized an off-leash area at the site.

The city of Los Altos is set to launch a six-month pilot program Thursday allowing dogs to roam off-leash in a designated, unfenced area at Hillview Baseball Field.

The results of a 2020 community input session presented to the city council last year revealed that 53% of respondents wanted an off-leash area for dogs at Hillview Baseball Field. The recommendation came from a community engagement process facilitated by the Parks and Recreation Commission, during which residents provided feedback on four proposed locations with off-leash or fenced-in options. The council approved the Hillview plan with slight changes, directing staff to provide a full report back after six months instead of nine. The adoption of the off-leash pilot program came after the second reading of the ordinance at the Feb. 23 council meeting.

Off-leash hours in the designated area are 7-9 a.m. seven days a week, 7-9 p.m. weekdays and 5-9 p.m. weekends. Hours are clearly posted around the off-leash area.

Park-goers at Hillview Baseball Field can expect to see signs posted with hours, rules and instructions for how to give feedback on the pilot program. Dog-bag dispensers and trash cans have been installed so that owners can clean up after their pets. The success of the pilot program will help determine whether it can be expanded to other parks in the future and/or become permanent at Hillview.

For more information on the program, visit losaltosca.gov/offleash.

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