Sand Dune Park community meetings

Following CORE’s recent campaign to expand dune access due in large part to dozens of emails sent by dune users, the new rules for the dune are now in effect. The big benefits are that seniors can use the dune w/o reservation if space is available and there are 7 additional time slots each week. There is also a new “monthly pass” which costs $25/month and allows walk-up use ony if there is available space on the dune after 10 minutes. A side effect that reservations may not be honored if the patron does not show up within the first 10 minutes.

This falls short of the promising improvements the council supported at the recent meeting. The council members indicated that they wanted to allow walk-up reservations, and we’re obviously not there yet.

Thankfully, there are 2 upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard on this subject. On December 7 & 14, the Parks & Recreation Department will hold 2 community workshops to discuss improvements to dune access. It’s important that dune users show up in person to these meetings, otherwise your voices may not be heard. On the agenda are the addition of when to add hours weekday morning (which the council unanimously supported) and Sunday time slots.

In addition, there will be a discussion about what to do about a permanent fence. CORE still stands against fencing in the dune– as one supporter asked, what color fence would you build around the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Parks?

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