City in the Sights-Chula Vista

Friday, September 21, 2007 at 10:16 am 2 comments

While the economic effects of AB1634 are being compiled, we take this side trip to visit that shining example of a south bay city, Chula Vista, to point out a glaring deficiency in serving citizens.

There are no dog parks west of I-805 in the city of Chula Vista.

Is this because it is the older part of town, and dog parks did not exist when it was planned? Is it because the dog parks are all provided by the contractors building the new subdivisions, and the cost to the city is initially nothing? Is it because there may be many more homes in the older part still under Prop 13 and yielding lower taxes? It is probably not that there are fewer dogs in the older section of town, despite the higher density of apartments. It has to be caused from something, doesn’t it?

We suggest that the city take a long hard look at the bay front property being considered for re-development. This is a perfect opportunity to make visits to hotels even more attractive to tourists, who are increasingly taking pets with them. A well designed dog park on the west side of town, one with beach access could be the deciding factor for folks who travel with their dogs. And it will not bother those without dogs, who have no use for it.

And, if Ab1634 does pass, such a park used by travelers with dogs immune to AB1634 results, could function as a mini zoo for local folks to come see what dogs look like. The particular dogs there would change from day to day, and folks would come to see, pet, and pine for the days when they could get a healthy locally bred dog of their choice.

Say, is Assemblyperson Mary Salas running for re-election? You know, she supported AB1634. Do you need an Assemblyperson like that? 

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  • 1. stehekin  |  Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    There is some land west of the Goodrich plant that is fenced and owned by the city where I’ve seen people take their dogs. This is not a dog park, but it’s about seven acres where dogs can run. I believe the city has plans for the area, but why not allow dog owners to use it in the meantime?

    Also, the City of Imperial Beach has no leash free parks. One cannot even run their dog on the beach. There is a non-profit group that has sprung up and that is trying to raise funds for a leash free dog park. There are areas of Sports Park in Imperial Beach that are not being used ( old baseball fields). They would be ideal places to go and exercise dogs.

    Then, there is a third area in the Tijuana River Valley – a very large grassy area next to some little league fields maintainted by the county where a dog park could easily be set up and maintained.

    Bottom line – we sorely need some off leash areas for our dogs to run and play. I hope some of these can become a reality soon! It’s too hard for those of us living west of I-805 to go clear out east to the few dog parks there. We need more South Bay Dog Parks!!

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  • 2. doggiedew  |  Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Looks to me like there needs to be more pressure put on south bay cities to get dog parks. I don’t think National City has a dog park, do they?
    San Diego is re-developing Fiesta Island and will have nice areas to run dogs there.

    – just my 2 cents.

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