Petition making the rounds to give Millbrae its first park for pooches

If every dog has its day, a whole bunch of Millbrae pooches may very well soon have theirs.

Millbrae resident and Planning Commissioner Wayne Lee started a petition in September to establish the city’s first dog park. He formed a seven-person dog park committee, and together they have collected 300 signatures and are ready to start raising funds for the proposed park.

“This is another way to bring the community together,” said Mayor Gina Papan, who is on the committee and has been taking her dog to a park in Daly City. “It gets people outside with their dogs and their families, and I think that’s a win-win overall.”

Lee said he was tired of having to take his family’s cocker spaniel poodle, Chase, outside of the city for a lengthy walk. He and other dog owners have been taking their dogs to local open spaces such as Bayside Park in Burlingame or using Hillcrest Boulevard as a makeshift exercise and dog-walking area, he said.

The fenced-in dog park would cost about $30,000 to $40,000, Lee said, but the dog park committee said it can find enough corporate sponsors to cover the cost. The committee hopes to have the park opened by the end of the summer.

It would likely be placed on one of two locations: near Spur Trail off Hillcrest Boulevard or in an area behind Green Hills Park off Ludeman Lane. The park would also have a water fountain for dogs, benches and improved landscaping.

The residents still have a few hurdles to jump over. They would have to get the approval of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council, City Manager Ralph Jaeck said. Also, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission owns the area behind Green Hills Park.

The other location, by Hillcrest Boulevard, is city-owned.

Millbrae resident Roberta Lee, of no relation to Wayne Lee, has been taking her daughter and their golden doodle — a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle — named Muttski to Seal Point dog park in San Mateo.

“People need to have a place where they can walk their dogs,” she said.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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