Martinez Temporary Dog Park Site
May 01, 2017 08:13PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Temporary Dog Park
On April 5, the city council adopted a resolution
designating the John Muir Amphitheater as a temporary dog park site for a
period of up to three-years. The construction of a dog park in Martinez has
been a topic of discussion since the early 2000s. The Park Recreation Marina
and Cultural Commission (PRMCC) established a Dog Park Subcommittee in 2012 to evaluate
city owned sites. Recently, however, a
group of supporters began advocating to the city council for a dog park in
Martinez. Over the past twelve months, the city has held a series of meetings
and workshops to identify a good location.
On January 16, staff held a meeting with some of the dog park enthusiasts to review the schematic plans and estimate for the Berther’s (aka Launchers or Albatross) parking lot. Due to the high cost of constructing even a temporary dog park at the Berther’s site and the opposition of state lands, staff looked for other options in the Marina/Waterfront Park area that might be able to accommodate the facility, one of which was the John Muir Amphitheater. This site would require fewer improvements than the Berther’s site.
A site visit to the amphitheater on January 28 was well attended by the dog park group. The site drains well and has perimeter fencing, shade trees, benches, water, adequate surfacing, adequate space, and nearby parking. Although the amphitheater is currently booked for nine events this summer, staff indicated the dog park would be closed during those events, and notice of closure dates would be posted at the amphitheater.
Improvements required would include replacing broken fencing as well as adding gates, drinking fountains, waste bag stations and minor paving at dog entrance areas. The estimated cost for the dog park improvements is $35,000. In addition, an existing fence along the amphitheater ramp must be replaced and permanent drinking fountains will be installed at an estimated cost of $15,000.
Based on input from the State Lands Commission staff, it is extremely unlikely a dog park would be approved on city marina property. Council approved a temporary dog park at the amphitheater with a three-year time limit. This should provide adequate time for a permanent site to be identified and grant funding pursued.