The Centre City Development Corporation board unanimously approved a site for an interim leash-free dog park in downtown San Diego during their Wednesday, October 21, meeting.
Since June 2, a number of downtown sites were considered for the location, and several downtown-based organizations and community groups were consulted. Finally, CCDC staff came to the conclusion that the ideal site would be on the west side of Park Avenue, between G and Market Streets, on a plot owned by the City of San Diego’s Redevelopment Agency.
"The site is centrally located for potential users; it enjoys great street visibility for safety, and the site is flat, open, and paved only with a thin, relatively easily removed asphalt surface," stated a staff report submitted by P. Dean Coker, the CCDC assistant vice president who heads advance planning; and Mark Caro, senior planner and landscape architect.
The park, which will measure approximately 16,500 square feet, is expected to include separate areas for large and small dogs. It will also include benches, shade, and water fountains for both pets and people. The cost of the park has not yet been announced; however, $500,000 from the agency’s 2010 budget for parks and open space is expected to be available.
The CCDC staff report also mentions that the site “…would be the most expeditious to realize as an interim leash-free dog park, considering level of effort and potential cost to design and build the facility.” The park is projected to be opened in October of 2010.
In an interview, Caro, said, "This project puts a much-needed facility close to a large number of residential units, many of which have dogs. The interim leash-free dog park will also free-up the Park at the Park which currently serves as the de facto leash-free dog park in East Village. The interim development of the site will create an active use at that location and may initiate a use in the historic Remmen Building immediately north of the future park."