As an animal lover, I completely support a club that wants to protect animal habitats. That's why I'm confused. Some of my dog's favorite habitats are the off-leash parks around San Francisco Bay. Now I hear that the Sierra Club wants to change her access to some of these parks.
As the companion of an active dog in charge of the health and well-being of my family, I look forward to our twice-a-day walks.
In my neighborhood, leashes are a requirement. I understand that. It keeps a dog safe from racing across a busy street in a pro-active defensive measure against the wily fox squirrel. However, compared to my dog, we are fairly slow-moving folks, and she really enjoy setting her own pace. That’s why I’m so happy about the variety of off-leash parks near my neighborhood, like Point Isabel in Richmond and parts of Cesar Chavez park in Berkeley .
That's where the Albany Bulb comes in. We hear there’s a movement afoot to to the Albany Bulb. I don’t know what the details are, but we were e-mailed a message that the park's off-leash status was in peril. Seems that the Sierra Club has some issues, but dogs and human companions have needs too. I want to be even-handed about this, so if you want to .
To learn more about the Albany Beach Habitat Restoration and Public Access Feasibility Study, here’s that link.
You may also want to learn more information about the The East Bay Regional Park District’s Master Plan in general. The Board of Directors welcomes your input . It will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey, but if you enjoy the parks you might want to weigh in with your preferences and concerns.