April 24, 2016

Newark Dog Park Petition

Petitioners: You must be a Newark resident. Thank you!

Newark needs a dog park. Help us get one. SIGN this petition! Also, consider donating today to help with outreach efforts.

The closet dog park is Fremont Dog Park, and Newark dog owners spend an estimated 40 minutes commuting to/from the Fremont Dog Park, or go without. We're tired when we get home from work! And, some of us don't have cars.

Soon, due to all the new high-density housing under construction, a lot of dog owners won't even have backyards. We'd like a dog park close to home!

True, we do have nice walking paths for our dogs (for example, Lakeshore Park); however, an on-leash experience doesn't provide the exercise that some dogs need, especially puppies and large dogs, and is difficult for those with different size dogs or more than one dog. Also, we can't play fetch with our dogs when they're on-lease—a quintessential activity between dog owner and pet. Besides, some older dog owners and the disabled don't have the fitness required to walk their active dogs on-leash.

- We want to be responsible dog owners by getting my dog the exercise our dogs need. When we do so, we feel good about ourselves as a dog owner.
- We want to be law abiding residents: We don't want to sneak in off-leash experiences where such activities aren't allowed.

The lucky dog owners that visit the Fremont Dog Park have made very close friends with dog owners from outside of Newark. As Newark doesn't have a downtown, a dog park provides us a way to meet our neighbors. A dog park builds community.

SIGN this petition, please.

Newark Dog Park Petition

Dear City Council Members & Planning Commissioners

I'd like you to consider our community's need for a dog park. I ask that you fund a dog park in Newark, starting 2016, and do what's necessary to bring in the revenue needed to fund this park.

Currently dog owners spend an estimated 40 minutes commuting to/from the Fremont Dog Park, or go without. Newark has nice walking paths for my dog (for example, Lakeshore Park); however, an on-leash experience doesn't provide the exercise that my dog needs, especially a puppy, and is difficult for those with different size dogs or more than one dog.

Also, I can't play fetch with my dog when she's on-lease—a quintessential activity between me and my pet. Besides, some older dog owners and the disabled don't have the fitness required to walk their active dogs on-leash, and I care about their needs too.

- I want to be a responsible dog owner by getting my dog the exercise she needs. When I do so, I feel good about myself as a dog owner.
- I want to be a law abiding resident: I don't want to sneak in off-leash experiences where they aren't allowed.

The need for a dog park is written in our General Plan. It's time to integrate our city's vision into our capital budget and park master plan:

"Increasing park acreage is only one part of responding to future recreational needs. Newark must also respond to the need for new recreational facilities. The City has identified the need for...a dog park..."(PR-2).

The lucky dog owners that visit the Fremont Dog Park have made very close friends with dog owners from outside of Newark. As Newark doesn't have a downtown, a dog park provides me a way to meet my neighbors. A dog park builds community.

Thank you for listening.

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