Town Square

Post a New Topic

Dog owners object to removing grass at Canine Corral

Original post made on Jun 2, 2008

A proposal to replace the grass at Hap Magee Ranch's dog park drove a host of worried dog owners to the Joint Planning and Operations Committee meeting last Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 2, 2008, 11:13 AM

Comments (4)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Lucy
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2008 at 11:38 am

What a hard decision. I can see both points to a story, but we're in a recession. That money used to keep up the grass is a lot; yet the dogs/owners won't be happy.

As a dog owner, I much prefer grass dog parks because they don't get as dirty as if it's some other type of substance (sand/gravel) or the decomposed granite they are talking about.

But having astroturf might be a horrible decision-- who would clean up the urine???

What do football fields use on their fields besides astroturf? Has that option been explored?


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Amber
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I like the grass in the dog park. My dog loves it.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Danville Dogger
a resident of Danville
on Jun 6, 2008 at 5:19 am

Dear dog owners,

I think you're being a little short-sighted. How dirty will your dog get in the middle of summer after restricted irrigation when the area turns from green grass to brown dirt?

With astroturf, as I understand it, the urine would drain down through the astroturf and be absorbed into the ground the way it does on natural grass. You don't clean up your dog's urine now, do you?


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Lucretia Marcus
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I have THE solution. It's an artificial grass made specifically for dogs called "K9 Grass" (www.K9Grass.com). It is dense and well designed to withstand the rigors of dog traffic and only needs water to hose it off occasionally. It is used by many kennels/vet clinics and several dog parks in the South Bay.
We have installed K9 grass in half of our dog run and our dogs love it. They use it just as they would real grass but with no wear and tear and it looks great! I kept half the run in pea gravel and this area seems to satisfy my "diggers."
While K9 grass was not cheap to install, it solved the watering issue, the mud in the winter issue and the maintenance issue. It's a dream to keep clean and looks great.
Perhaps a combination of the two different surfaces - K9 grass and pea gravel - would delight the pickiest dog.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.
By Tom Cushing | 2 comments | 885 views

What to do with your buckets of water
By Tim Hunt | 2 comments | 556 views

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 20 views