What do you think about sharing use of Nealon baseball field with dogs?
Original post made by parkuser on Mar 17, 2007
on Mar 17, 2007 at 8:41 pm
The conflict is not between baseball players and dog owners but between the bureaucracy and inaction. When Nealon was renovated, the dog park users requested a water supply near the dug out and double gates on the dug outs. But these requests were ignored by the city of Menlo Park. Guess there was not enough money in Menlo Park's $3.6 Million surplus. Many dog owners then banded together and raised money to add double gates to the dug outs to protect the dug outs. However, the city has yet to act on this offer to pay for the gates. The issue of double gates was raised in teh December City Council meeting but there has been no decision from the City to install the gates at no cost. That was four months ago
on Mar 17, 2007 at 11:24 pm
I was at Nealon today and walked around the field. There was dog poop in three spots in the infield and one in the dugout. I feel that the dog owners have not lived up to their promise to keep the field clean for the kids playing baseball there. I think the dog owners need to find another place for their dogs because after all a baseball field is meant for playing baseball-without fear of landing in dog droppings. sincerely yours, parkuser
on Mar 18, 2007 at 9:52 am
Instead of fighting for exclusive privileges for the use of the playing field at Nealon Park all who use it need to take reasonable steps to enhance the experiences of others and minimize their own impact. This can be done both individually and collectively.
As a regular user of the playing field at Nealon Park for both dog-related and sports activities I am proud of the fact that our community has figured out a way for our limited public areas to be shared for multiple uses by our citizens. Without exception EVERY use of the playing field by a particular group or team impacts others. And competing users will naturally raise concerns. The good news is that reasonable and caring people can and should handle all "problems" in positive and productive ways.
Most Menlo Park dog owners do help each other minimize the impact of their dogs on Nealon and many have approached the city with constructive ideas that would incur little or no expense for the MP community. I will continue to do so, welcome suggestions from all parties including critics, and continue to expect our city government to be responsive to all reasonable requests.