Weed-eating goats will return to Sharon Heights the week of May 17, providing a service to both Menlo Park's park maintenance crew, and parents looking for cheap and easy entertainment for the kids.
The goats come every year during fire season to clear out tall weeds and grasses, and usually stay for two to three weeks, according to Parks and Trees Supervisor Dave Mooney.
People are asked to keep their dogs on a leash.
Alex Cannara, who lives in unincorporated Menlo Park near Sharon Hills Park, chided the city for the practice this time last year, saying that environmentally speaking, it would be better off employing a more conventional method.
"The whole idea of this as being an environmentally sound practice is actually absurd," Mr. Cannara said, noting that trucking hundreds of goats around the Bay Area takes a lot of fuel, and the goats wreak havoc on the park's wildlife — scaring away quail, and preventing new trees from growing.
City staff agreed to aid Mr. Cannara and others in fencing off areas with young trees this time around.