The Dog Training Area will be divided into large and small play areas, which will allow dog users to self-sort their dogs accordingly.
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Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2019, with an approximate schedule of 6 to 8 months.
Adding lighting would conflict with the Golden Gate Park Master Plan, which does not allow for new lighting to extend nighttime use. (Golden Gate Park Master Plan, Utilities and Infrastructure, Park Lighting Section 9-5.) The Golden Gate Park Master Plan is a comprehensive document adopted by the Recreation and Park Commission that establishes a framework for the management of Golden Gate Park over the next century.
From past experience, natural turf is challenging to maintain in popular dog play areas because of wear and dog waste. In addition, natural turf requires annual multi-month closures to reestablish turf, thus RPD has begun utilizing synthetic turf as an alternate option for dog play areas.
A non-toxic synthetic turf filled with an eco-friendly, non-crumb rubber infill will be used. An irrigation and drainage system is included in the design, which will help clean the turf and reduce odors.
There will be approximately 4 large wildlife-safe trash bins located between the main entrances to the two play areas.
There will be a total of 3 drinking fountains. One located by the parking lot and the other two located in the dog play areas, just inside the entrances.
There are a growing number of community-initiated groups that focus on their neighborhood parks and recreation centers. They are called Friends of groups, which are organizations involved in:
Friends of groups usually start because of a pressing need, but they often continue because the group realizes its power to effect change, catalyze community participation, and create sustainable solutions. To learn more please email Recreation and Parks Volunteer or visit the Join or Form a Friends Group page.
In addition, PROSAC is a citizen-led group that serves as a liaison between the Recreation and Park Commission and City residents. PROSAC is an excellent resource with experience building Friends groups. For more information, please email the Recreation and Parks Department.