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Mar 10 2011

Be Counted – Support Off Leash in EBRPD

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Apparently a large number of the people who answered the online EBRPD Master Plan survey said they want dogs on-leash in most places in the parks.

But there is still time to respond to that survey and at least make the
numbers better… Please get everyone you know to weigh in!

If you support off-leash dog areas please take the time to fill out the survey!

Dog related questions are near the very end of the survey. Be sure to complete the whole survey and submit.


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Feb 26 2011

Albany Bulb vs the Sierra Club

Published by under Dogs,Waterfront Planning

Off Leash Albany Bulb vs the Sierra Club
Posted by Chris Neddersen

As an animal lover, I completely support a club that wants to protect animal habitats. That’s why I’m confused. Some of my dog’s favorite habitats are the off-leash parks around San Francisco Bay. Now I hear that the Sierra Club wants to change her access to some of these parks….

That’s where the Albany Bulb comes in. We hear there’s a movement afoot to forbid off-leash access to the Albany Bulb. I don’t know what the details are, but we were emailed a message that the park’s off-leash status was in peril. Seems that the Sierra Club has some issues, but dogs and human companions have needs too. I want to be even-handed about this, so if you want to get information about both sides of the off-leash issue…

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Feb 18 2011

EBRPD and the Albany Beach Workshop

Albany Patch , By Emilie Raguso writes ,

Photo Credit Emilie Raguso

The The Feb. 17 workshop, the second such meeting for the public, was held in the park district’s boardroom at 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct. in Oakland. Chris Barton, a senior planner for the district, opened the event by outlining three progressively elaborate possibilities for beach development.

Estimated costs range from about $1 million—for basic shoreline stabilization, improved beach access for the disabled, and some dune and wetland enhancements—to more than $7 million.

The bells-and-whistles plan offered more shoreline stabilization options, including sand placement to help the area weather erosion; a pocket beach near the Bulb; a second access point for the disabled; a boardwalk; and a second picnic area.

District staff members said none of the three options is set in stone, and that pieces of each could be mixed and matched depending on public interest, money available and ultimate land use goals.

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Feb 05 2011

Why the Bulb Should Be Left As It Is

Albany Bulb
1. It would be prohibitively expensive to mitigate numerous hazards at the BULB in transforming a former garbage dump into an officially sanctioned public recreation area. These hazards include: jagged pieces of concrete, broken glass, sharp protruding metal debris, assorted toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The beach is strewn with hazardous metal protrusions and submerged hazards.

2. The State has a 28-billion dollar budget deficit. Transforming the BULB into an officially sanctioned recreation area would require tens of millions of dollars to upgrade roads, street lighting, pathways, signage, sanitary facilities and parking. The BULB would have to be closed to public for years to come in order to effect these changes.

3. As it now stands, Mother Nature in her own time and her own way is reclaiming this small piece of real estate – mitigating years of abuse by humankind, healing the toxic sores and soothing over heavy-metal wounds. Wildlife is returning to the waters around the BULB and to the skies above. Humankind with our political compromises and back office dealings have clearly demonstrated an inability to conceive of and carry out long term plans to the benefit of posterity and to all life with whom we share this planet. We have proven ourselves to be but short-sited, selfish little creatures.
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Feb 02 2011

Dog Management Policy Map

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Proposed Draft of Dog Management Policy

This is what the Waterfront Committee is proposing and will discuss at the joint meeting next Thursday with Parks & Rec.

Note that in the one off-leash area — “off-leash” is defined as within six feet of the dog’s person.


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