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“We take Bailey to [this] park because for us, it’s actually safer,” says Maggie of her four-year-old Pomeranian. “Bailey is so small and fragile that playing with large dogs can be dangerous for her. I’ve seen dogs fighting at other parks and at Dog bBach, and it seems as though there are more untrained and aggressive dogs at the official places. When we go to the smaller places, people seemed more relaxed, happy, and wanting to chat and share stories. At the official places, I’ve noticed people keeping to themselves and being a little more reserved….

“I don’t consider it against the law, and if I did get a ticket for it I wouldn’t really care. I would just pay it and still carry on letting Bailey off the leash….

“Also,” she adds, “some of the official dog parks smell bad and aren’t as clean.”

Official Dog Parks

1. Balboa Park — South of Cabrillo Bridge

2. Balboa Park — Morley Field

3. Cadman Community Park — Clairemont

4. Capehart Park — Pacific Beach

5. Dog Beach — Ocean Beach

6. Doyle Community Park — University City

7. Dusty Rhodes Neighborhood Park — Ocean Beach

8. Fiesta Island — Mission Bay

9. Grape Street Park — South Park

10. Kearny Mesa Community Park — Kearny Mesa

11. Maddox Neighborhood Park — Mira Mesa

12. Nobel Park — University City

13. Rancho Bernardo Park — Rancho Bernardo

14. Rancho Peñasquitos Park — Rancho Peñasquitos

15. Torrey Highlands Park — Carmel Valley

Unofficial Dog Parks

1. Liberty Station —Point Loma

2. Pantoja Park — Downtown

3. The Outfield at Petco Park — Downtown

4. Kate Sessions — Pacific Beach

5. Villa La Jolla — University City

6. Adams Avenue Park — Normal Heights

7. Lake Murray — San Carlos

8. Trolley Barn Park — University Heights

9. Plumosa Park — Point Loma

10. Robb Field — Ocean Beach

11. Bird Rock Park — La Jolla

12. La Jolla Community Park — La Jolla

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Ponzi June 17, 2009 @ 9:59 p.m.

People can't enjoy picnics or letting their children play at parks anymore because they are being infested by dogs. 50% of the people do not pick up their dog waste.

Anyway, the problem used to be ants at a picnic, now it's learning you threw your blanket over a pile of dog crap.


yogamuch June 22, 2009 @ 10:02 a.m.

There are thousands of acres of parks available to residents and a small fraction of them allow dogs. Having off-leash designated parks helps set expectations of park users so when they go to a non-dog park they know they won't throw their blanket down on a doggy pile. Also, there are only a small number of so-called bad-owners who don't pick up after their dog.

As for the drunken dog owners at dog beach, B.S., public drinking of alcohol is illegal and you don't see drunken dog owners on the beach. Crucifying all dog owners because of a few who don't pick up, means taking measures for those who don't, keep reprimand specific, ticket those who don't pick up after their dog and designate more off-leash areas so dog owners and their dog have a place to go ... this keeps the other parks pristine.


SDaniels June 22, 2009 @ 11:37 a.m.

It all sounds great in theory, yogamuch.


yogamuch June 22, 2009 @ 2:15 p.m.

It's a theory that can be implemented in a practical manner.

It's very do able for the city to allocate enough off-leash areas. For example, Rose Canyon, great place to run, hike, bike, but you can't take your dog off-leash; therefore you can't mountain bike with your dog ... too dangerous to keep them on the leash.

If there were more places you could take your dog, then parks that are not-off-leash or no-dogs would have less issues with dogs.

There are over 40,000 acres of managed parkland in san diego and less than 1% (~.001% = 41 acres (not including Fiesta Island)) of parkland designated for offleash. Fiesta Island is the largest off-leash area and Parks and Rec is now trying to change that.

With this small of a percentage of off-leash area no wonder there are issues with dogs being at non-off-leash and no-dog parks.

Dog owners are equal taxpayers and should have areas to play and exercise with their dog ... it brings joy to them just like any family wanting to bring their children to the park.


ecocamper June 22, 2009 @ 3:16 p.m.

The City can add to its coffers by citing the dog owners who refuse to respect the leash laws. Step it up - I've had it with dog owners who leave piles on the sidewalk and elsewhere. And every single dog park that is created, is park taken away from non-dog owners, since, as the last sentence or your article fully confirms, the dog parks become smelly and dirty. We non-dog owners do not like sitting in or looking at the rude remains of your pet, or watching your pet pee on everything they pass by. There is a children's playground near the municipal golf course, where dogs are supposed to be on a leash. Not even this tiny space reserved for small children is regarded as off-limits for some people's dogs. I politely mentioned to someone that the playground was for children and we'd appreciate it if his dog wasn't inside, and he stubbornly refused to take his dog outside the fence. I've been to the beach in OB at the foot of Santa Cruz, where dogs are not allowed at all. Of course there are dogs running back and forth, barking at each other, etc. You dog owners need to make the effort to care for your dog giving respect to the laws in this town. Cite the non-compliance - why have a law if you're not going to enforce it? You dog owners have your freakin dog parks - leave the other parks to the human beings they were created for in the first place. Fiesta Island and Balboa Park are special places in San Diego - to have portions of this premier recreation land set aside for dogs is about as generous as you can get. If it were up to me, the dog parks would be in Anza Borrego and the Tijuana Estuary.


SpliffAdamz_ June 20, 2009 @ 3:50 p.m.

That sounds just like dog beach in OB!!! Come and enjoy walks in the sand of dog p and s while checking out the waves!!! See drunk dog owners let their dog p and s everywhere and do nothing about cleaning it up!!!


yogamuch June 23, 2009 @ 10:28 a.m.

I agree that disrepectful dog owners should be sited, but respectful dog owners shouldn't be fined.

Why must all parks be for kids? they scream, yell, dodge in out of people with their skateboards, destroy park benches and railings with their bike and skateboard antics, let's kick all those families and kids out of the parks .... gee that's rational.

Same thing should apply, kids who are ruining park assets should be fined, just like anyone who ignores the rules, but not all children should be kicked out of parks.


pawsinsd July 6, 2009 @ 8:30 p.m.

Ah, Villa La Jolla, picture a small park frequented late afternoons by senior citizens, many widows, and their Yorkies and Bichons. Then picture three radio-controlled Animal Control trucks aiming these trucks at the ladies at 40 mph, breaking all the sprinkler lines in their path.

The good old days. It's refreshing to see that the same neighborhood bully who thinks this park belongs to her is still calling Animal Control several times a day to scare the wits out of her neighbors who may not be able to take their dog for a long enough walk every day because of age or infirmity.

If it were me, I'd offer to help them walk their dogs, not take away their precious social security moneys through heinous fines and misdemeanor citations.

San Diego City and County government are still the small-minded fools they were years ago when I lived there. Except now they're bankrupt. Financially as well as morally. Taxpayers money should be used better than fining little old ladies.

The point is that nobody used the park when the dog owners were there early mornings and evenings but it bothers this one person enough that she's spent over 12 years fighting her neighbors. It's a pity that one person can harm a neighborhood so much.


Helen McKenna July 7, 2009 @ 1:38 a.m.

Dear Ponzi: Please cite the study that shows your dismal statistics: "50% of the people do not pickup their dog waste". Of course you can't because it's a figment of your imagination. Why don't you give credit where it's due? Do your own study. Afraid you might discover that the vast majority of dog owners pick up after their dogs? One day about 7 years ago when visiting a dog park near the ocean in San Francisco I deliberately looked for dog poop over an hour-long period. Do you know how many dog poops I found? Zero. I even wrote the mayor about it. Helen


SurfPuppy619 July 7, 2009 @ 11:04 a.m.

People can't enjoy picnics or letting their children play at parks anymore because they are being infested by dogs. 50% of the people do not pick up their dog waste.

Anyway, the problem used to be ants at a picnic, now it's learning you threw your blanket over a pile of dog crap.


Sorry Ponzi-but it just takes one bad apple (and it usually is just 1 or 2) to do the damage you complain of.

I am a dog owner and have ALWAYS picked up after them-going back 15 plus years. Everyone I know who I walk my dogs with (daily)are the same. The vast majority of dog owners are responsible.

The ones who are NOT are the ones who are essentially lazy and selfish, and also usually complainers.

And all it takes is one dog owner in a neighborhood to imput bad vibes to all responsible dog owners, and non dog owners, because if an irresponsible dog owner walks their dog just twice a day, and the dog does a number 2 twice a day-and it is not cleaned up-that is 60 piles of dog doo per month in a confined area.

So one irresponsible dog owner can cause a LOT of damage and bad vibes between everyone.


Ponzi July 7, 2009 @ 11:12 a.m.

Dear Helen, please lick the lawn of the next dog park you visit. Or roll around on it in your white pants and top. There is no such thing as picking up all of the dog waste and every person leaves something behind. Just because you grabbed a pile of the goop doesn't mean you removed all of it.

I see it smell it and walk in it inadvertently everyday in parks around my home. And the sidewalks around the part of downtown San Diego where I work is covered with dog s*** and its subsequent stench. So are many areas of Mission and Pacific Beach.

Unless you are getting on your ands and knees and scraping and scrubbing after your pooch, there is not way you are removing all of the crap. It’s still there between the blades of grass where children other adults can end up getting it on their hands and other articles.


SurfPuppy619 July 7, 2009 @ 11:42 a.m.

Ponzi, you are definitely a complainer.

No pleasing you.

And to be honest if there is 2-3% of dog crap left over and it upsets you, I dont really care either. Thats life buddy.


PB92109 July 9, 2009 @ 10:10 p.m.

Interesting article- alot of fecophobes out there!

Another unofficial off-leash area not mentioned is Western Hills Park in Bay Park. It is frequented by neighbors from Bay Park who like to exercise with their 4-legged companions.

It is located at the corner of Garfield and Kane, off Milton Street.


Latifah July 10, 2009 @ 9:10 a.m.

Dear Ponzi: What does your shrink say about your obsession with dog poop? Can it be cured?


SDaniels July 17, 2009 @ 5:54 p.m.

I'm with Ponzi, and belong to the same chapter of Canine Fecophobes Unite! Seriously, PB and Latifah, if your building and its environs were smelling of nothing but dog waste, I'm sure you'd be singing another tune. What do the shrinks say about all of the infantile, anal expulsive dog owners who want us to revel and roll around in their canine's generous leavings? Love my dog, love my dog's sh*t, is that it?


dogtown April 13, 2010 @ 1:44 p.m.

I have a solution to the dog problem. It seems that people who own dogs are happy to lavish lots of money on their pet for grooming, special food, vet bills, so why not simply have a license fee of $100 per dog per year and use the money to create dog parks? The money can also be used to repaint lamps, hydrants, and trash cans that dogs urinate on and pay for all the replanting that has to be done when dogs urinate on grass areas and dig up flower beds. It can also be used to pay for all those poo bag stations that my taxes currently pay for.

Each dog can be made to wear a colored tag on their collar corresponding to the license year. Traffic wardens can be given authority to issue tickets to owners with dogs not showing the tag. If 200,000 dog owners complied out of the city's estimated 338,000 dogs, the local government would gain $20,000,000 in extra annual revenue and those of us not addicted to living with an animal would have our tax burden reduced. A few exempt tags can be issued to the elderly on social security for one dog only.

Of course, we'd have to round up and destroy all those strays whose owners really don't care about them enough to pay $100 annual fee, but that would be a temporary problem.

Everybody would be happy. Dog owners would get their parks and non-dog owners wouldn't have to keep paying for the damage.


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