Monterey Park Recreation Commission heard a dozen speakers discuss pros and cons of a dog park in city, and potential locations. A previous proposal at Garvey Ranch Park nearly two years ago was turned down by the city council after objections from neighbors.
Commission Chair Paul Lee appointed an ad hoc committee made up of commission members Randall Avila and Doris Lau to study the issue. They will be meeting with residents to study proposed sites and then return with a recommendation to the full commission next summer.
Several opponents of the original Garvey Ranch Park location expressed support for a dog park but emphasized that it should not be near residential areas. The original proposed site was located near the Garvey Ranch Park Tennis Courts, across the street from the affluent Hillcrest area neighborhood. Opponents also cited health and safety issues result from dog feces which will be deposition on the site.
Supporters also expressed need for free range areas where both dogs and their owners may get exercise and recreational opportunity. One supporter, Terrree Walton testified while accompanied by her two Yorkies, Reily and Gwen.
During oral communications at the beginning of the meeting, Nancy Acuri, a resident and Internet news publisher. said a dog park is not a permitted use on city parks. She quoted a 1998 voter-approved initiative ordinance that listed permitted uses at city parks, The ordinance does not list dog parks among the permitted uses.