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Is Balboa Park part of downtown? Does the city need another leash-free dog park? Can it afford it? Those questions occurred to Mel Shapiro when he read an account in the Union-Tribune about a recently proposed dog park on part of a block at Park Boulevard and Market Street, which the City insists would be downtown’s first. “What about the leash-free park on Laurel Street in Balboa Park? This doggie park is in the Centre City boundaries. The $500,000 budgeted for this park could be used to repay some of the debt that CCDC owes the City,” Shapiro wrote the paper, which hastily responded. “We generally say there are three leash-free areas in Balboa Park, Nate’s Point (near the Cabrillo Bridge/Laurel Street), Morley Field Dog Park and Grape Street Park,” wrote an editor. “Since Balboa Park is not considered part of downtown and is not within the jurisdictional boundaries of CCDC, which is what the city considers to be downtown, no correction is warranted.”

According to a City report regarding the new park, “Staff envisions the 16,500-plus-square-foot area to include separate areas for large and small dogs, benches, and a water fountain.” It adds that funding to pay for upkeep “must still be resolved.”

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SpliffAdamz_ June 20, 2009 @ 3:14 p.m.

How is this going to create jobs????? Don't tell us they are going to hire people to clean up dog shyt!!! Are dog owners to lazy to do it themselves!!!

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Burbclaver June 20, 2009 @ 6:02 p.m.

Seems to me that a lot of dog owners treat nearly every park downtown as leash free. I see people every day in Little Italy and Marina District letting their dogs run free. I think we ought to tax city dog owners to pay for the damage and cleanup.

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SDaniels June 21, 2009 @ 10:50 p.m.

I so totally agree with Spliff and Burbclaver--tax AND cite! I live just up the hill from Little Italy, in a dog-friendly building, and in a dog-friendly neighborhood, with dog-owners walking their dogs around the neighborhood night and day, returning from the Balboa dog park. Our landscaping smells strongly of piss, and people are leaving, smearing, and tramping waste everywhere, including up the concrete steps on our north entrance. San Diegans do not seem to understand what "curbing" one's dog means, and see all landscaping as potential toilet areas. The flies are multiplying! Love the dogs but cite and tax the hell out of their feckless, infantile owners!

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a2zresource June 24, 2009 @ 10:05 a.m.

Since the city is just about broke, it is surprising that the people most concerned with preserving Balboa Park aren't lining up with ideas to make that facility more of a cash-generating venture for all of us.

After all, look at all of the great things that have happened for San Diego since the clydesdales moved into Seaworld...

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