Public meeting set Thursday to discuss Beachfront addition

Crescent City officials are seeking community input for a dog park expected to be the first of many new amenities planned for Beachfront Park.

Community Development Director Eric Taylor and Planning Technician Brooke Trudeau will host a workshop Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Residents will be able to view the dog park's first conceptual design and discuss what they feel works and doesn't work.

This discussion comes after the public weighed in on the city's Beachfront Park master plan in March. In addition to the dog park, the plan calls for other amenities, including an amphitheater and a bandstand. The city also plans to make beach access easier.

The city used grant funding to get detailed drawings of the master plan components, Taylor said. "Obviously the dog park was big," Taylor said. "So we went back to the designers and asked them to come up with a concept. They based it on the trend in dog parks."

The dog park is proposed for the northwest corner of the park along Front Street near the intersection of Battery Street and Howe Drive. It would be divided in two with an 18,800-square-foot grassy area for small dogs and a 26,500-square-foot grassy area for large dogs. It would also include benches, trash receptacles for pet waste and water fountains for pets. Trees and shrubs would line the park's perimeter.

In addition to asking for input on the dog park's design and construction, the city will ask for ideas on fundraising to build the park, Taylor said. He said he working on getting a rough estimate of construction costs.

A brick or stone pathway with the names of those who have donated funds, materials or labor for the dog park is under consideration, Taylor said.

Once the dog park's design is finalized, the city will have to seek a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission, Taylor said.

"While we go through the permitting process the fundraising can be moving along on a parallel track," he said. "There's a lot of interest in it. One lady said she's got real bad arthritis. This will be the only time she could get out with a dog and sit down and let him run free."

The City Council accepted the Beachfront Park master plan in March. The plan represents an ongoing project that could take 15-20 years to complete, Crescent City Manager Eugene Palazzo said in February. None of the park's current features would be removed.

San Luis Obispo-based RRM Design Group created the master plan and the dog park's conceptual drawing.

The community workshop will take place in the large conference room at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 210 Battery St. For more information, call Taylor or Trudeau at 464-9506 or visit

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