Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions and answers about park rules for dogs.
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Changes to Park Rules for Dogs
At the April 17, 2012 EBRPD board meeting the Board approved recommended changes to Ordinance 38, including rules pertaining to dogs in parks
Notice: Proposed changes to Park Rules for Dogs
Proposed changes to Ordinance 38, including rules pertaining to dogs in parks, are tentatively scheduled to be on the agenda at the April 17, 2012 EBRPD board meeting. The matter was discussed at two previous public meetings, Board Operations Committee on February 16 and Park Advisory Committee on February 27.
Download: Excerpt of changes to Ordinance 38
General Park Rules for Dogs
- Dogs must be leashed (six-foot maximum) and under control at any posted area, parking lot, picnic site, lawn or developed area. See "Where must my dog be on-leash?" on the Frequently Asked Questions page for a complete list of areas that your dog(s) must be leashed.
See "Where are dogs not allowed" on the Frequently Asked Questions page for a complete list of areas where dogs are not permitted.
- No dogs or other animals are permitted at any swimming pool, beach, wetland or marsh, or designated nature study area.
- Owners must always carry a leash (six-foot maximum).
- Dogs may be off-leash in open space and undeveloped areas of parklands, provided they are under control at all times (See "When is a dog considered under control?"). Undeveloped areas are un-posted and unpaved trails or open space areas that are separated from developed areas by a distance of at least 100 yards or by fences.
- Dangerous animals are not allowed in the parks.
- Dogs must not be allowed to interfere with, bother, or harass park users, other animals, or wildlife. If you are a party to a dog bite or dog attack incident, you must stop and offer assistance and exchange information with the other party/parties.
- You must remove your dog's waste from all park property and dispose of it in a garbage can or carry it out of the park. DO NOT LEAVE DOG WASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS ALONG THE TRAILS. This is considered littering. For your convenience, plastic bags are provided in many parks and along some trails, but as a precaution, please carry extras with you.
- Any person who walks or exercises a dog or dogs for a fee or who walks more than three (3) personal dogs must obtain and have in their possession a revocable annual permit; please call (510) 690-6508 for information.
Download: List of trails approved for walking up to six dogs.
- Animals may not be left unattended at any parkland.
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