Santee has joined the list of “dog-friendly” communities with the opening of several off-leash park areas. The three parks scheduled for off-leash hours are Woodglen Vista Park, Mast Park, and Big Rock Park. Each park has its own schedule, but the basic rules are the same, as you can see by the sign: control your dog, clean up after it, and don’t let it cause trouble. As for times at the tree parks, Big Rock Park can only be used as an off-leash site from dawn to 8:00 am Monday through Friday while Mast Park is off-leash from dawn to 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or dusk (whichever is earlier) every day. Woodglen Vista Park is off-leash the same times as Mast Park, but only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; in addition the multi-purpose field is open from December 1 to August 15, and the ball field is open from August 16 to November 30. This is to allow for the youth soccer that takes place in the late summer through fall. Now, these time and day/date restrictions may not be all some had hoped for, but let’s all follow these rules and be good dog owners so we can keep the off-leash times and, maybe, get them extended in the future.
I just came across a link on Facebook to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a recent decision by the Santee City Council. The Council recently voted to make three parks – Woodglen Vista, Mast, and Big Rock – off-leash dog parks at certain times of the day. This will be a one-year pilot project, and will depend greatly on how well owners can supervise their canine charges. There will be a confirmation vote, which will probably be a formality, and then the program could go into effect by the end of the month.
From what I have seen, and based on the owners I have met at parks, this should not be a problem. The only concern will be if the less-vigilant owners start coming down and letting their dogs run crazy in the parks. So right now, I am asking all Santee dog owners to plan to be on their best behavior once this begins. Clean up after your dogs, make sure they will respond to you right away if they start getting into trouble, and always watch where they are and what they are doing. And be willing to speak up if you see someone not being responsible for their pet. Taking your dog to the park is just like taking a child to the park – except you don’t have to take them into the restroom.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Calling all dogs in Santee