PRESS ADVISORY FROM
Office of Councilmember Nancy Nadel, District Three
Contact: Marisa Arrona, (510) 238-7031
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2006
OAKLAND CITY COUNCILMEMBER NANCY NADEL INVITES COMMUNITY INPUT ON
PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF THE LAKEVIEW LIBRARY DOG PARK.
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 397 Euclid Avenue at Van Buren.
Oakland, CA - Please join Oakland City Councilmember Nancy Nadel, the Department of Public Works, the Northlake Neighborhood Group, and O'DOG at a public meeting to review and comment on the preliminary design of the Lakeview Dog Park. The Community Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 29th, at 7:00 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran
Church in Oakland.
The idea of a dog park near Lake Merritt was first proposed by the Northlake Neighborhood Group back in 1998. This unique park-within-a- park will have garden pergolas at both ends and the outer fencing will be covered with hummingbird and butterfly friendly plants.
"The butterfly garden concept actually came first," said Northlake spokesperson Nancy Rieser. "Then the dog owners in our neighborhood group chimed in with their need for a dog park. We quickly realized that we could combine the two projects and create something special for the entire neighborhood. Even people without pets could enjoy the garden."
Councilmember Nadel has provided guidance and financial support for this project from its inception and notes, "Dog parks help create a sense of community." She added, "It has been a pleasure to work with community volunteers that also work to improve the park for other user groups."
Careful consideration was taken for other recreational users when drawing the footprint of the park. Play areas for informal volley ball games and pick up soccer will remain free and open, and the outer fence of the dog park will serve as a ball barrier for the soccer field. The dog park planning committee has even secured donated dirt to re-grade the boggy and uneven soccer field.
Says Rieser, "The soccer field will probably be upgraded before the dog park is installed." The installation of the dog park is
tentatively slated for October. Much of the labor will be donated by apprenticeship programs from local unions. The garden planting will be mostly be done by neighborhood volunteers.
The meeting on June 29th will take place in the basement of the Resurrection Lutheran Church at Euclid and Van Buren.
If you have any questions, or wish to volunteer, please call Nancy Rieser at (510) 465-0928.
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