Feb 18 2011

Albany Workshop with EBRPD

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Mary Barnsdale from the Facebook Group, Dogs of the Albany Bulb writes about Thursday Feb. 17  meeting with about the Albany Beach with EBRPD

Good dog-community representation last night at the EBRPD community workshop regarding “improvements” to the Albany Beach. (I’m guessing a dozen of us?) This was supposed to be the second of a series of workshops — but it sounded like there actually won’t be more, so it was great to get the “dogs on the beach” message into the official record.
EBRPD now has to consider the feedback and work with their consultants on a recommendation that they’ll take to their board. Some of the many options include doing nothing, installing real toilets and running water, improving the dunes, making the beach accessible by people with mobility challenges, dumping sand offshore to “nourish the beach,” building a boardwalk on the beach, etc. There is no planning for dogs in any of the three scenarios. We’ll see what they come back with — but mostly likely the “final” plan won’t officially include dogs either. Money will likely come from the COSCO Busan settlement funds (and a small amount from the last EBRPD special assessment tax).

The EBRPD board meeting at which they’ll decide on a recommendation will be public, btw. We’ll let you know when it is after we find out.

We may need you to send letters and emails to the EBRPD board. More on that later.


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  1. Million Treeson 19 Feb 2011 at 9:46 am

    Anyone who still has any doubt about where this EBRPD project is headed should visit and take the park district’s “survey” about the public’s wishes for their parks. Available here: http://ebparks.org/planning/mp/survey.

    This survey is a carefully constructed, biased effort to produce “data” that will support the district’s plans to ban or restrict park access for dog owners in order to “restore” native plants to the parks. They call these “restorations” natural areas, which is ironic since they are about as natural as the color of Madonna’s hair.

    If you’re unclear about the relationship between native plant “restorations” and recreational access, you should visit the Serpentine Prairie on Skyline Blvd in Redwood Park. This was a favorite place to walk with your dog and throw a ball on an open meadow. Now it is entirely fenced and there is no access for any recreational activity unless you happen to be interested in pulling weeds in your spare time.

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