Early plans are afoot to bring the midtown grid its first dog park at the corner of 19th and Q streets, steps away from the shopping center anchored by Safeway.
John Hodgson, founder of the real estate, land use and government advocacy firm The HodgsonCompany (as well as a six-year midtown resident and an eight-year owner of a bichon named Carmen), proposed the project to city councilman Steve Hansen after noticing that there are no public dog parks in the neighborhood.
“I live in the middle of midtown at 18th and K, and there is no dog park within a reasonable walking distance,” Hodgson says. (Currently, the closest dog park from the proposed site is the Sutter’s Landing Dog Park approximately two miles away.) “You don’t want to have to walk two miles away or get in the car to go to a dog park. The whole point of having a dog is to walk the dog and walk the human being.”