Jul 20 2010

Albany Bulb Dog Policy

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Albany Bulb Dog Policy

An Interesting read on the recent Albany Waterfront Committee meeting.

Lots of discussion about controlling the dogs at  The Bulb, which centered on how to license dog walkers, or dog guardians, as well, committee members also talked about how to determine which areas should require leashes; how to protect certain areas from dog-induced wear; and how to make sure the public supports the plan.

The new policy (download the draft of Albany’s Waterfront Dog Policy), could ultimately be folded into the Parks and Recreation Department’s dog ordinance.

Some public comments made at the meeting included:
one woman saying she doesn’t take her 14 year old dog to the Bulb because it is too “chaotic”;

and of course, as always, there is suggestion that “fenced-off area for pets could be helpful in ensuring community members and Bulb visitors respect the ordinance.” (More fencing?!)

And another asked why they weren’t looking to the Voices to Vision report that cost thousands and thousands of dollars; noting that along with the other studies done costs now total up to the millions spent on these studies.

Read more about the Waterfront Committe Meeting and what was said at AlbanyPatch.com

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May 03 2008

Jill Posener Shares Her Photos of the Bulb

Published by under albany bulb

Photo Copyright: Jill Posener

Jill Posener posted a great article on her blog – Albany Bulb RIP and a wonderful collection of photos dating back some 10 years where she shares her experiences about a place where she felt she and “many others, could pretend, as we ambled along an unkempt trail a mile into the Bay, that we were still living free”.

It was great to look back in time at a place I discovered just by chance some 8 years ago. But it also felt like I was saying goodbye.

In those 8 years I haven’t missed but one or two days of my morning walks with Toby and Cody. It was my place to get away – a place where I could either find solitude in the endless winding trails or hang out with friends on the beach or plateau. There was always something new and different –  from the gorgeous bay views to strange messages found carved into driftwood.  But that is the Bulb – beautifully, strange – a unique place of imagination and discovery.

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Nov 13 2007

Albany Bulb Open

Published by under Oil Spill

Albany Bulb Forever. Welcome Back!

The Albany City website reports that parts of the Albany shoreline will remain closed however the Albany Bulb is now open. Dogs must remain leashed in all park areas and avoid all contact will oil.

Full Details – Albany City Website oil spill update (PDF)

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Nov 09 2007

Bay Area Oil Spill Affects Albany Bulb

Published by under Oil Spill

Yesterday I was told by someone who I’m assuming was with Animal Rescue (official looking with a large net) walking up the trails. We crossed paths and he told me he was there because there was calls of birds washing up from the bay oil spill.” A word of warning, I wouldn’t let my dogs swim in that water”. A little late for us – Toby and Cody had already taken their morning swim but I thought I’d do my good deed for the day and tell the few people with their dogs that were still on the beach. I wasn’t surprised when they sort of shrugged off my words of caution. They didn’t see any oil. Everything looked fine. Today was another story!

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Oct 14 2007

Albany Bulb in the Beginning

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The history of the Bulb dates to the 1890s, when Santa Fe, under the guise of the Berkeley Waterfront Company, bought up large portions of the Albany, Berkeley, and Emeryville shorelines. These lands remained largely undeveloped until the Golden Gate Turf Club built a racetrack on land leased from Santa Fe; Golden Gate Fields opened in 1947. By the mid-1950s, approximately 2,000 acres of fill had been dumped along the shore. The odd bulb-shaped landfill jutting into the Bay arose from a contract signed in 1963 by the city of Albany and Santa Fe for disposal of debris from construction and freeway projects. Citizen opposition to the dumping began almost immediately and continued through the 1980s. The dumping finally ended in 1987 as a result of lawsuits against the landfill operator and a successful campaign to include the newly created land and shoreline in the proposed Eastshore State Park. <

Persis M. Karim, Bay Nature (July – Sept. 2002) . http://www.baynature.com/2002julysept/ott_2002julysept.html

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