Rally for Recreation in the GGNRA
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Outside the Pacific West Regional Office, National Park Service
333 Bush Street (between Kearny and Montgomery)
San Francisco, CA 94104-2828
The National Park Service just signed a new general management plan for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Under this new plan, most of Fort Funston, Muir Beach, Rancho Corral de Tierra, Marin Headlands, Ocean Beach and many other areas will be turned into zones where public access is no longer the priority and “may be highly managed” (i.e., there will be additional restrictions on visitor access).
If the National Park Service can ignore thousands of people who opposed its restrictive new general management plan, will they do the same thing when it comes to the dog management plan? We can’t let that happen, so we need to speak out now.
For the second year in a row, the GGNRA was the most visited area in the National Park Service last year. That's because it's smack in the middle of the second most densely populated urban area in the country. In 1970, just two years before the GGNRA was established, the Bay Area population was 4.6 million. Today, it is 7.4 million and growing fast. We need more access to this urban recreation area—not less.
Join thousands of Bay Area residents and elected leaders – including Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and supervisors from San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties – in working to preserve recreation in this recreation area – the very reason it was created.
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Public Forum at the Trocadero Clubhouse at Stern Grove in San Francisco
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier will be holding a public forum on Thursday, January 30th at 8:30am. This public forum will be held at the Trocadero Clubhouse at Stern Grove in San Francisco. You must RSVP to attend. To sign up please go to http://speier.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=926&Itemid=95
Rep. Speier will have a panel discussion with representatives from different perspectives on this issue.
It is our understanding that Frank Dean, GGNRA's Superintendent, will be in attendance.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak after the discussion and voice their concerns.
After the forum, the GGNRA will have an open house of their proposal of the dog management plan.
We understand that the time of day of this forum may conflict with peoples' busy schedules but we strongly encourage each and every one of you to attend. This is an important forum and Rep. Speier has been a champion of this cause and we want to support her!
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March and Rally at the GGNRA Open House Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 11 AM
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area has released a plan to dramatically cut where people can walk with their dogs on GGNRA properties. There will be NO off-leash dog walking anywhere on GGNRA land in San Mateo County. Rodeo Beach will be the ONLY off-leash area in Marin. In San Francisco, the plan will ban dogs entirely from the vast majority of Fort Funston, the East Beach at Crissy Field and most of Ocean Beach.
Speak now or forever hold your leash! Meet at East Beach Crissy Field at 11 AM, march one mile to Fort Mason Bldg D for a 12 Noon rally, then submit your comments at the GGNRA open house.
Sponsored by Crissy Field Dog Group, DogPAC of San Francisco, Dolores Park Dogs, Ft. Funston Dog Walkers, Montara Dog Group, Ocean Beach DOG, Save Off Leash Dog Walking, SF Professional Dog Walkers Association, SFDOG, and others.
To view the GGNRA’s new dog management plan, go to:
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San Francisco City Hall Hearing on Proposed Restrictions on Dog Access to Federal Recreation Areas in San Francisco - Oct 21
Supervisor Scott Weiner to hold hearing at Board of Supervisors on dramatic reduction in dog access at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, and other federal properties
WHAT: Hearing at Board of Supervisors on proposed GGNRA restrictions on dog access
WHEN: Monday October 21, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall Room 250 (Land Use & Economic Development Committee
Supervisor Wiener encourages interested persons to attend and participate in the hearing. For more information about the hearing, please call Supervisor Scott Wiener's office at 415-554-6968.
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SF City Planning Commission Meeting Oct. 6 -- Comment on the EIR
City Planning Commission Meeting
October 6, 2011
City Hall, Room 400.
The meeting starts at 1:30 (or later) so call 558-6422 the next week for a recorded message with the agenda times or bring a good book!
The San Francisco Department of Planning has released the Significant Natural Areas Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The proposed alternative would greatly reduce off-leash dog areas in a couple of city parks. On the table is the closure of Lake Merced Dog Play Area (DPA) and decreasing off-leash areas on Bernal Hill and the Shelley Drive DPA in McLaren. More worrisome is the new "Environmentally Superior Alternative" which proposes even more closures such as the DPAs at Bernal Hill, Buena Vista, Golden Gate Park Southeast, and McLaren-Shelley Drive.
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Mayoral Forum to Focus on Dog Issues, Oct. 1
DogPAC of SF will host a Mayoral Forum for members of the SF dog community. This is your chance to hear directly from the candidates for Mayor of San Francisco about issues important to people with dogs. Find out what each candidate thinks about the GGNRA, SF Rec and Park, increasing pet-friendly housing, and protecting animal welfare, among other issues. Let's fill the hall with dog people. Show the candidates we are an important constituency they cannot ignore. This will be the most important election in our city in decades. Make sure our community's voices are heard!
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2011
TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St @ 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275604185791018
If you'd like to volunteer to help with the event, you can register at:
Send in questions you'd like to ask the candidates:
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Mighty Mutt Strut Dog March -- From the GGNRA to Your Neighborhood Park!
Saturday, May 21
10 AM Gather at Ocean Beach (Sloat Blvd parking lot)
10:30 March (approx. 1.5 miles)
11 AM Arrive at Stern Grove
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area wants to restrict dog lovers and dogs from places like Ft Funston, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, Mori Point, the Marin Headlands and Muir Beach. Let’s show them the strength of the dog community by putting on a fun, colorful, energetic march from a GGNRA area to a local neighborhood park (location still being worked out – see below). Bring your dogs. Bring signs or wear t-shirts with slogans. Or dress your dogs in t-shirts with slogans! Organize contingents (Marin contingent, San Mateo contingent, East Bay contingent, SPCA contingent, dog poop clean up brigade, etc.).
This event will celebrate our community and bring public and media attention to our opposition to the GGNRA’s extreme proposal one more time before the public comment period ends. You’ve heard of critical mass – now let’s show them critical mutts!
Endorsed by: Crissy Field Dog Group, DogPAC of SF, Fort Funston Dog Walkers, Keep Muir Beach Dog Friendly, Ocean Beach DOG, Save Off-Leash Dog Walking in the SF Bay Area, SF ProDog, SFDOG, SFSPCA
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Workshop: Comment on the GGNRA Dog Management Proposal
This workshop was held Saturday, April 23 at the San Francisco SPCA.
People who attended learned how to write effective public comments on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's dog management proposal. We provided talking points, sample letters, addresses for mailing copies of your letters, and other material that you could take with you to share with friends – or even host your own comment-writing event.
TetraTech (the environmental consultants hired by Crissy Field Dog to analyze the Dog Management Plan) were on hand to answer questions and provide guidance on how to focus our comments to have the best effect.
Comments are due by May 29.
Sponsored by Crissy Field Dog Group, Fort Funston Dog Walkers, the San Francisco SPCA and others
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Save Off-Leash Dog Walking!
Speak Out at the SF Board of Supervisors Hearing on the GGNRA Dog Management Plan
On Monday, April 11 at noon, a rally was held at San Francisco City Hall.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee held a hearing on the effects of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Draft Dog Management Plan.
Sponsored by: DogPAC, Save Off-Leash Dog Walking in the SF Bay Area, and others.
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GGNRA Open-House Style Meetings on the Draft Plan/DEIS
Meetings were held in San Francisco on March 5 and March 7. You may still submit written comments. Read our tips on the Be Heard page, and check back for our latest analysis of the draft plan. You can also view photos of the rally held outside the March 7 meeting on Picasa.
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Join an on-going cleanup event at Fort Funston, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month beginning at 9:30 a.m. Meet in the northeast corner of the upper parking lot for buckets, bags, trowels, and gloves. Rain cancels, and cleanups are not scheduled on holiday weekends.
Fort Funston Dog Walkers - www.fortfunstondog.org
Pug Meetups First Sundays every month at Alta Plaza
BREED MEET-UPS There are numerous dog breed meetups, social gatherings for dogs and their owners, at various locations in the Bay Area. The list of meetups will change as more dog owners provide information.