Our mission is to have a designated off-leash dog area forming part of BGC Greenway Park

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Dear BGC residents and visitors,

My name is Rhett Pickering and I live in Two Serendra near SM Aura. I believe there is a need for a designated off-leash, fenced-in dog park within BGC. I plan on giving this petition, once it has been signed by a sufficient number of people, to the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation.

When my dog Luna joined our family nearly two years ago, there were ample open spaces available to allow a dog to roam safely. These spaces were not actual "dog parks" but undeveloped construction sites and as we are all no doubt aware, those spaces are becoming less accessible as development in our precinct continues. I love living in BGC and am becoming concerned that maintaining the physical and mental health of my dog is becoming increasingly challenging.

The creation of Greenway Park has been welcomed as a go-to place for both myself and my dog. Joggers, families and other dogs and their owners mingle peacefully in an area isolated from traffic which allows a high level of safety for these mixed use leisure activities. It has also become a social meeting place for dog owners further strengthening community social and support networks.

(Here is a link to a map of Greenway Park ... https://www.google.com/maps/place/BGC+Greenway+Linear+Park/@14.5486507,121.0440508,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xdb3d2a7b2dfdcc33!8m2!3d14.5486507!4d121.0440508

Large cities such as Toronto, Sydney and London have developed off-leash dog parks. Given the high number of both local and expatriate dog owners in BGC, creation of an off-leash dog park would be a welcome amenity and there currently exists an opportunity to complete this simple project in an area of Greenway Park. 

BGC Greenway Park is within walking distance not only of residents of Two Serendra but also nearby residences around Burgos Circle and Forbestown. It is increasingly being utilized by residents of Makati, Quezon City and other areas within Metro Manila, who flock to the area on weekends to experience the open space and nearby cafes. There is no other off-leash dog park within a reasonable travel time of BGC and those that do exist certainly need a car to get to.

Creation of a off-leash dog area at Greenway Park would:

- Provide another attraction for BGC. This has flow on effects for local businesses around Forbestown and High Street who are already pet-friendly.

- Strengthen social networks between residents of BGC.

- Reduce carbon footprints by having an area within walking distance of our residential abodes.

- It would give passers-by a wonderful source of entertainment. Children will be able to watch as the dogs enjoy themselves and in this case we are also proposing that a sturdy and well-maintained fence would need to be erected to delineate the off-leash boundaries.

- Dog parks can be a source of community, bring together people of diverse backgrounds and ages, and increase the overall value and appeal of an area.

- A delineated area would lower the potential risk of dogs running onto the walking path interfering with joggers.

I am suggesting the dog park be converted from an open area that already exists as part of Greenway Park. This area is the triangular section of open space where Greenway Park meets 26th Street. The open area is opposite UCC Coffee. There are no adjacent playgrounds or facilities nearby, except for the walking path. There are no current uses for this space and it has unofficially been adopted as a meeting area for dog owners and their pets already. Given the generally flat nature of this area, it seems no great challenge to fence off the area from the walking track and the end of 26th Street.

From the many discussions I have had with other dog owners and dog lovers, I believe there is a similar view and if you are one of these people, I ask that you please sign this petition in order to begin the process of having an off-leash, fenced-in, dog-park created in Greenway Park. 

Regards,

Rhett Pickering



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