Dedicate "Dog Friendly" Parks and Beaches in San Mateo County, California

  • by: Jerre Johnson
  • target: San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission, San Mateo Parks and Recreation Division
To dedicate "dog friendly" beaches and parks in the San Mateo Area based upon the pet population of the San Jose Bay Area.
To the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commision:

In the San Jose Bay Area, a huge population exists of those who are wage earning, tax-paying homeowners who have families and pets. Pets are considered in America to be "one of the family" and deserving to spend recreational time with their owners. A few hours at the beach, a small hike in the mountains or a jog in the park are typical recreational activities, which Californians want to enjoy with their families, friends and pets.

In addition, the baby-boomer generation will begin retirement in the near future and subsequently will be planning to travel. California is a highlighted state for outdoors recreation, and many scenic trips will planned to the San Jose Bay Area. They will, of course, plan to include their families and pets on these long-distance vacations. Unfortunately, many tourists will become discouraged about traveling to the parks and coast of San Mateo by the current "dog ban" and consequently will choose other areas that are more friendly and accommodating to visit.

Based upon pet population in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Areas, a proportional amount of "dog friendly" beaches and trails need to be reserved. By implementing this extremely simple and inexpensive strategy, discrimination against pets and their owners will end, and the protected environment of the parks will not be lost.

We thank the Commission for recognizing the need to amend the current state park laws by dedicating a proportional amount of "dog friendly" parks and beaches in the San Mateo Area.
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