I'd like to see some other things added to the plan. Can I do that?
We are required to follow the Plan as approved by the Balboa Park Committee, and any changes will have to be re-approved by City Planning. And of course may require more money! However, if you have an idea, please post to our Google Group or contact us.
Can we get lights put in so that I can still use the Park after work in the winter?
We are investigating solutions for evening lighting, including solar powered lampposts. However, lighting projects are unfortunately not cheap and require extra approval due to visual effects.
Why does part of the Park keep getting fenced off?
Our Park is getting so much use that Parks and Rec is having a hard time keeping the grass in a nice condition. The rotating fencing is to avoid the entire Park just becoming a dirt pit. If anybody has suggestions for better turf management, please post to our Google Group or contact us.
I don't want any fencing! Take it out!
All Dog Parks must have fencing - it is only the older Dog Parks that have not yet been brought up to these standards. The community and the Balboa Park Committee have already approved this amount of fencing. Also, if you are still unsure, talk to a few people who have had their dogs run out of the Park, resulting in a few terrifying moments or serious injury or death.
My dog could jump that fence. How's that going to stop him/her from escaping?
Obviously, this fence won't stop a desperate dog - large or small - but it will hopefully stop the majority of escapes.
Why won't the City pay for these upgrades?
There's no money reserved in the City budget for such projects at this time. Additionally, much of the discretionary money available has been directed toward fire relief and protection. New Dog Parks are created with certain standards, but the older Dog Parks are still in need of updates.
So how much is all of this going to cost?
The original estimate was for $73,000. There may be some additional City costs on top of that, bringing the potential total to $107,000. The more money we can raise, the more likely we are to get this project done quickly. See our Donation FAQ for more information about fundraising.
Whoa! That's a lot of money! Why is it so expensive?
There is a significant amount of work required in order to make the area disabled-accessible, including re-doing existing sidewalks, grading and creating a new walkway into the park, and creating a disabled parking space. Additionally, there is no potable water in the area, so water is piped in from near Juniper St.
All I want is a drinking fountain! Why do we have to pay for everything else just to get some water for the dogs?
In order to perform any upgrades within Balboa Park, the project must include bringing the region into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). No upgrades can be performed without meeting the minimum ADA compliance standards. So if you want water, or some fencing, or even just a new bench, the area must meet accessibility standards. After this project is complete, future improvements will be much easier to accomplish.
Okay, I guess it's a good idea and a necessary step. Where's the money going to come from?
From many charitable sources, including you! The Balboa Park Endowment Funds at the San Diego Foundation have already provided a $25,000 matching grant to any community donations. The rest of the funds will need to come from other charitable organizations or businesses and Dog Park users like you! See our Donation FAQ for more information.
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