County pilot program allowing leashed dogs at certain parks

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An ongoing pilot program is enabling dog owners to walk their pups on leashes in certain San Mateo County Parks.

Currently, park rangers are allowing dogs on leashes at Devil’s Slide Trail, Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry Park, Mirada Surf, Coastal Trail at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Bay Trail at Coyote Point Recreation Area.

Starting this Saturday, June 15, the program will expand to include Coyote Point Recreation Area and Junipero Serra Park.

Throughout this month, park rangers in some locations are actively advising dog owners about the pilot program and providing doggy waste bags and written information. Starting next month, rangers will issue citations to those violating the dog ordinance. Rules requires that dogs are kept on leash, that owners scoop up their poop, that no more than three dogs are with each person, that leashes are kept 6 feet or less when near others, that dogs are kept out of playgrounds and other designated areas, and that wildlife and vegetation are undisturbed.

The pilot program was developed by the Dog Work Group, comprised of members of the public, Parks Commissioners and staff. The group identified the park locations for on-leash dog walking.

Photo credit: San Mateo County Parks Department