BOULDER CREEK -- With the closest off-leash dog park 10 miles away in Scotts Valley, some Boulder Creek dog owners hope to set aside an area here where their canine companions can run free.
The idea of establishing an off-leash park has been talked about for years, but never solidified enough to prompt any real action, said Hallie Greene, district manager of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District.
Dogs are not allowed in any of the three parks -- Garrahan, Dam and Junction parks -- within the district's boundaries.
Renovations were completed at Garrahan in late 2010, and during that process, some residents asked about setting aside an area for dogs, or at least designating certain hours. But the park lacks enough space for a separate dog park and its layout would make it difficult. Some people still take their dogs there and to the other parks, or to outdoor fields during after-school hours, Greene said, and people have been doing it so long "that it can be difficult to get them to change their behavior."
Last week, she was approached by a resident who offered to spearhead a group to look into the possibility of obtaining a piece of land for their four-legged friends. District officials hope to hold a meeting with a core group sometime next month to "at least get some momentum going and really establish that there are some people that are interested," Greene said. Once formed, that committee will scout out now-vacant lots, and form relationships with those land owners and other organizations. So far, Greene said, she's received about 20 phone calls and emails in support of the idea.
Meanwhile, momentum has picked up on another fledgling project.
At a meeting Tuesday evening, district leaders will put together a committee of residents interested in operating a low-power FM radio station that will focus solely on San Lorenzo Valley residents' interests. That group will come under the umbrella of an advisory committee made up of the district's board members, and they will return to the full board later with recommendations.
Greene, who took over as district manager in late 2011, said she's "gotten the most calls about anything we've put out to the public" since that time.
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IF YOU GO
Boulder Creek Recreation & Park District meeting
WHAT: District leaders will put together a committee to look into establishing a low-power FM radio station.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: District office, 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek
INFORMATION: 831-338-4144 or email@example.com