Weather closes Hap Magee Canine Corral

Season ending for sports fields, dog park

Canines used to leash-free romps at the Canine Corral at Hap Magee Ranch Park will have to travel a little further. Each year Danville closes the dog park for routine maintenance, which this year begins Dec. 6.

The dog park was already closed this weekend due to the heavy rains. To find out about closures due to weather, call 314-3483.

The annual moratorium also affects the natural grass sports fields in Danville, at the end of each fall and the beginning of winter.

The fields and dog park are closed for 10 weeks in order to give the Town's Maintenance Services Department time to perform routine maintenance and repairs on the fields and keep them in tip-top shape for the coming spring and summer.

Closures for the fields and dog park are set for Dec. 6 through Feb. 25.

Local dog parks that remain open through the winter are:

* Sycamore Valley Open Space in Danville. Turn left on Holbrook Drive off Camino Tassajara.

* Las Trampas Regional Wilderness in San Ramon. Go west on Bollinger Canyon Road past the entrance to Little Hills Ranch.

* Del Mar Dog Park in San Ramon. San Ramon Valley Boulevard to Pine Valley Raod to Del Mar.

* Memorial Park Dog Run in San Ramon. Bollinger Canyon at San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Nov 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Dear Dolores,

As I reviewed the boundaries today within Hap Magee Ranch Park, the dog play area is in Alamo. I fully understand that Danville runs this park and all its areas. BUT may we wonder why?

Beyond government designations, why does it make sense that Danville operate in Alamo? Wasn't that the core issue with the SRV YMCA property? This result is very positive to dog owners but leaves questions about the precedents that such operations create.

Do your readers care to comment?

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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2010 at 7:33 am

Dear Dolores,

I took my walk yesterday down the Iron Horse Trail to Camille and across into Hap Magee. The very cold air likely kept the park empty except for one fellow walker. Gone were the mother's group and their children's play group, dogs and owners playing in the corral, and various groups gathered on the large summer lawn.

It was a peaceful loop around the park with a stop to watch the creek fall over its barrier. The very simple, quiet natural setting was very welcoming.

Thank you to all those that personally keep Hap Magee such a place.

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Posted by askidoo
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Some answers to the above. The Town of Danville and the CC Board of Supervisors have an agreement to run the joint park which has approximately half in Alamo and half its area in Danville. Two people from each area are on the committee with a fifth at large member which going back 20+ years has always come from Danville. They advise their respective leaders; however, the Danville members being local are much more in contact with their leaders than Alamo who advises the CC Board of Supervisors.

The staff of Danville runs the day to day operations and charges Alamo for 1/2 of all improvements and maintenance, etc. They also run the committee. Going back at least ten to fifteen years there have been questions as to whether or not this truly benefits Alamo or is it just a way for Danville to do what it wants and get half paid for by the citizens of Alamo.

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