What: A new restriction that affect’s San Francisco’s dog owners
In late August 2019, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area released a 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium which made significant changes to the existing rules and regulations regarding dogs in the park. FYI – a “Superintendent’s Compendium” is basically an easy way for a park boss to make small, relevant changes on the fly – like closing an eroded trail, for example.
What critics of the new regulations say is that the changes are actually an attempt to resurrect elements of the city’s failed Dog Management Plan.
Which changes were made? They’re numerous and a little hard to parse. Most have to do with where dogs are (and aren’t) allowed at all, although some previously off-leash parts of the park now restrict access only to dogs on-leash.
The changes are best understood by those highly familiar with the park and its myriad trails. One of the biggest bones of contention for decades is whether or not dogs will continue to be allowed at Fort Funston. They are – for now – but the new rules make it easier for the parks department to close whole swaths of the park at-will.