SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, Supervisor Mark Farrell and District 2 neighbors officially opened a new dog play area at Lafayette Park this morning. The $305,000 project, which included an $85,000 add-back from Supervisor Farrell, provides synthetic “doggie turf” for the off-leash dog play area, allowing for increased hours of off-leash dog use and a more durable surface for the popular canine play area.
“This project dramatically improves dog facilities for our residents and families in the surrounding neighborhoods around Lafayette Park,” said Supervisor Farrell. “This project would not have been possible without SF Rec & Park and the Friends of Lafayette Park – I am grateful for all of their efforts and commitments to providing more access and facilities for dogs and their owners.”
San Francisco ranks in the top ten in the nation by providing 3.5 dog parks per 100,000 residents, according to the Trust for Public Land. Of the 29 Rec & Park dog play areas (DPA), the Lafayette DPA is one of the first all-synthetic turf dog parks in the City. Dogs and their owners can enjoy this type of turf throughout the rainy season. The turf also requires less water than traditional grass areas. In addition to the synthetic turf, a new gate and metal fencing was also installed.
“Lafayette Dog Park is now a state-of-the-art dog play area that won’t have to be closed during the winter,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We now have a thousand hours of extra yearly play that wasn’t available before. I want to thank Supervisor Farrell and the Friends of Lafayette Park for their efforts in making this happen.”
The Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP), a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the enjoyment, safety, and improvement of Lafayette Park, supported the installation of new doggie turf. The group holds a monthly cleaning and greening volunteer workday on the second Saturday of each month. In addition, they host an Annual Fall Social in October, where they partner with local merchants and organizations in providing a free park neighbor event with food, music and more.
“As a representative of a community which is always growing, we are thankful for the foresight of SF Rec & Park for the installation of the new synthetic turf in Lafayette Park Dog Play Area. We are also thankful to Supervisor Farrell who helped secure the necessary funding to make this project reality,” said FOLP President Steffen Franz. “On behalf of the Friends and Dog Friends of Lafayette Park and my dog Aroux, thanks to everyone involved.”