First, it was neighbors complaining about noise, traffic and trash. Now, even the dogs are barking about events in Golden Gate Park.
Festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Outside Lands have drawn complaints from neighbors in the Richmond and Sunset districts due to their impact on traffic, noise and litter.
But now, it appears the big events are getting on the nerves of dog owners and their canine friends, who find their patches of dirt and grass blocked off by chain-link fences or security guards. About 75 people have signed a petition that asks for a little consideration for dogs and their owners.
The main park in question is at Fulton Street and 39th Avenue on the northern side of the park. The dog park is accessible by car at that intersection, but the entrance can sometimes be closed off for big events.
“Residents and dog owners need access to this park on a daily basis,” the petition reads. “Closures mentioned above have become so frequent, that we are respectfully requesting that entry to the dog park be allowed during events.”
The group also is asking for a little heads-up when it comes to big events in the park: “We request a copy of the San Francisco Master Calendar of Events resulting in all closures, north-south and east-west, specifying dates and times.”
Elton Pon, a spokesman for the Recreation and Park Department, said the city agency is doing its best to balance all the interests and activities in Golden Gate Park and will work to find a solution to the issue.
“When we look at the frequency of special events in our parks, we take into account the interests of surrounding neighbors, impacts on traffic, impacts on our park landscape and impacts on other recreational activities,” Pon said.
Requests for comment from the group behind the petition were not returned.