Final Dog Park Workshop
May 01, 2016 12:40PM
● By Jennifer Neys
Currently, the City of Martinez Park Master Plan mentions the development of a “Dog Park” as an amenity, however, a location has yet to be determined. Parks Recreation Marina and Cultural Commission’s (PRMCC) Dog Park Subcommittee has held two workshops with the public: The first in December 2015 and the second in January 2016, which included a location evaluation. During this current process, six locations have been reviewed and discussed at various times, with the following potential sites: 1) Alhambra Ave. – Detention Basin, 2) Alhambra Ave. Park, 3) Launchers Parking Lot, 4) Silt Pond Trail, 5) Waterfront Rd. Open Space, and 6) Yacht Club Parking Area. In addition, site visits were also made to area dog parks.
Goals for the third and final workshop will include developing a list of top three recommended dog park locations, and then doing some preliminary cost estimates. “We don’t want to do a detailed cost analysis until we know what the top three contenders are. I don’t think there is any debate about the need and the desire - both the public’s and the council’s - to have a dog park. The question is where, how much it’s going to cost, how quickly we can deliver it, and where the money is going to come from,” said Jim Jakel, interim city manager. Jakel stated the third workshop would happen in the next 45 days. Council voted unanimously to hold a third dog park workshop to further evaluate locations, develop a detailed options matrix, and direct staff to begin to develop preliminary cost estimates and feature options.