Oakland’s Lake Merritt Dog Park In The Works

OAKLAND (KCBS) _ Dog owners around Oakland’s Lake Merritt may soon finally have a dog park to walk their pooches in. However, just because there are plans in the works, that doesn’t mean that obstacles don’t remain.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The park would be built at Lakeshore Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard. It’s an area that’s surrounded by apartment-dwellers, who need somewhere to let their animals run around.

There were similar plans for the park years ago, but they were shelved when the money they depended on was transferred to another project.

”I often see a lot of dogs off-leash illegally in the area and it’s not necessarily safe for the passersby or the dogs or the owners, so I think it would be great to have a fenced in area where the dogs could play with each other freely and off-leash,” said dog-owner Katie Morrison.

The cost is estimated at $35,000, and several council members have pledged $14,000 out of their discretionary funds to help pay for it.

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