Public Input: Moraga Unveils New Plan for Rancho Laguna Park

Town staff and Patch is looking for resident feedback on a possible solution to the burning question: How to meet the needs of everyone who uses Rancho Laguna Park?


The question of the future look and feel of unassuming little in Moraga has ascended to Topic No. 1 in town, of late, and town leaders are looking for a way around the acrimony and toward a solution that works for everyone.

If you've ever had to do that, you know how hard it can be, but that's the mission. Town staff Friday released this drawing of a possible new configuration for the park, which -- hopefully -- meets the needs of everyone who uses the space.

What they want, and what Patch will be looking for, will be constructive input on this proposal. Your comments will be reviewed here, and you may also post a response to a three-question survey posted on the town's website.


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Lissa Sorensen July 03, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Right. And for all the reasons Mr Stoop has mentioned we need an enclosed dog space suitable for ball throwing and play but also capable of keeping dogs not under voice control from disturbing others. And I am opposed to leasing the field out to the soccer teams. I don't think that is good for the park or for the neighborhood. Thank you.
Jon Chambers July 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Because I rarely get the opportunity to do so - I just want to say that I agree with Fritz's post above.
Pete McDonald July 04, 2012 at 05:50 AM
What I'd like to know is what the heck is the problem? I believe that it stems mainly from people who take their dogs to the park during illegal hours. I've driven to Rancho Laguna Park to check a number of times in the early afternoon and seen dogs running freely. The police often use the toilet facilities at Rancho Laguna, so why don't they issue a citation when they see all of these owners letting their dogs run free during illegal hours? We've taken our dog there in the legal morning hours since 1998 (and for many years before at The Commons) and have seen only a very few problems with dogs getting into a squabble, and never with a human being. All of these dog owners leave by about 9AM, and the only children that we've seen are those that come with their parent and dog. Its cold at that hour and most mothers wait until it warms up before bringing their children to the Rancho Laguna play area. I don't believe that we need a fenced in dog area, I believe that we need enforcement of the law regarding on-leash hours when children might be there.
Jon Chambers July 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I also agree with Lissa's comment that we need an enclosed dog space. The key decision requested by the Town (and I believe by the referendum petition) is whether or not to enclose a dog space. Some seem to want to shift the question to whether RLP should be available for soccer practice--perhaps because they are afraid of the answer to the real question. While I'm a parent of two soccer players, and believe RLP is a viable location for soccer (or lacrosse, football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, etc.) practice, I understand that not everyone wants to see sports practices at RLP. However, the practice question is relatively easy to resolve, because no fence or pathway construction is required, and no Town Ordinance is needed to set or change policy--if the Town chooses to rent the RLP field for practices, and a litter or use conflict develops, the Town can simply decide to no longer rent the field. Since rental agreements typically last for just a couple of months, policy changes can be implemented quickly. While I personally would prefer not to see any more fences at RLP, I believe the irresponsible dog owner problem Fritz accurately outlines can only adequately be addressed by a fenced solution. The Town proposal for a 1.9 acre dog park, including quite a bit of the current turf, seems reasonable, and I support it.
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop July 08, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Notice, Jon, I did not mention a dog pen. Another fence, another eye sore, another maintenance issue and another waste of money in short supply!


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