Oakland might never get a long-awaited dog park near Lake Merritt, but the city is poised to welcome on-leash canines in public parks.
The city is proposing to amend a law that bars dogs from nearly all public parks. A preliminary draft scheduled for debate this month by the City Council's Life Enrichment Committee would allow on-leash dogs at Snow Park, Athol Park, Pine Knoll Park, Mandana Plaza, Hardy Park, the Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt, Union Point Park, Lakeside Park and sections of Grove Shafter Park.
The city's current law only allows on-leash dogs in specified sections of parks in the Oakland Hills. Dogs are currently allowed off-leash only at designated, fenced off dog play areas.
The proposal comes after the city gave up two bids to build an off-leashed dog park near Lake Merritt after neighbors fought both proposals.