The park service plans to release an environmental impact statement
in mid-January analyzing six alternatives for dog walking in 21 areas of
the 75,000-acre park, which encompasses parts of San Mateo, San
Francisco and Marin counties.
Park officials would not reveal details, but dog lovers and other
interested parties are betting the preferred alternative will be more
restrictive than the current policy, which gives dogs free rein on
certain beaches and designated locations.
"There will be a range of different approaches to dog walking in the
park contained in the alternatives, including no action," said Howard
Levitt, director of communications and partnerships at the park. "We
know it is a topic of major interest and has been for well over a
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