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Off-leash hours in parks, Sunnyvale CA

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This petition, supported by the undersigned, is intended for the Sunnyvale City Council, Sunnyvale, California. The purpose of this petition is to generate community interest in the off-leash hours at the public parks in a designated area, conveniently located within city limits.

This would call for designated hours during which residents and their well-behaved canine companions can exercise and play in a clean, safe environment. We want to create a pet-friendly, well-maintained space that allows all dog lovers a place to bring their four-legged friends who would be willing to uphold the rules and restrictions of the area, such as picking up after their dogs and maintaining up-to-date vaccinations during hours when parks are not being used for other activities.

In many cities, for example Mountain View, dogs are allowed off leash, under voice control during specific time in certain areas. Lists of dog-friendly areas can be found on http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/parks/parks/dog.asp for city of Mountain View. However, there are no pet-friendly public parks within city of Sunnyvale. The large number and profound successes of parks in Mountain View demonstrate that when a community comes together for a leash-free area during certain hours, while not disturbing others, it is not only feasible but can in fact help enrich the community and allow it to thrive.

Research shows that property values near such parks increase, sometimes significantly. Consider this: parks increase a sense of community in a city and allow for more livability. Moreover, research has shown that crime rates decrease in those neighborhoods. City officials could use this opportunity to increase satisfaction with their residents, as well as their canine companions, by allowing the dog owners to walk their companions during early hours in the morning.

Possible locations and times for designated off-leash areas include, but are not limited to; a segregated area of Las Palmas Park and Washington Park. These potential locations are centralized and are located near many residential areas, making it convenient for residents.

Given the examples above, I am asking the city of Sunnyvale to support allowing off-leash pilot program for select Sunnyvale parks:
-There currently is no available public park in our area to accommodate safe, off-leash activities.
-Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets.
-Such a park would reduce conflict between dog owners, non-dog owners, police, animal control and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks in the area.
-This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community.
-Many dogs need exercise above and beyond human limitations; furthermore, many dog owners do not have a yard where their dogs can spend time outside, and leashes greatly limit the dog’s space and pace.
-Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people.
-Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved.
-Existing off-leash area in Las Palmas is open from 8 am, which is not very convenient for working professionals.
-Existing off-leash area in Las Palmas is also often not very safe, when aggressive dogs are present.

Please help us create a dedicated space and time that allows for residents to enjoy their time with their canine family members, as well as benefit the community as a whole!

Please sign the petition! The city of Mountain View implemented a successful off-leash pilot program, which has since transformed into an off-leash policy during certain hours and in designated areas in the parks. To our knowledge, this did not cause an increase in dog attacks or disturbance.

Thank you.



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