Off-leash dog park master plan passes first hurdle
A long-awaited master plan for the creation of additional off-leash dog parks passed a hurdle at city hall Wednesday despite objections from several dog club representatives.
The city’s proposed off-leash areas master plan was unanimously endorsed by Mayor Brian Bowman and members of his executive policy committee.
The plan would, if council approves, set aside $300,000 annually for the next six years to set up additional off-leash parks.
However, representatives from several dog clubs objected to the provisions of the plan that would see existing green spaces doubling as off-leash areas.
The dog club representatives argued that single-use areas are preferred, as having shared sites results in conflicts with other users.
Parks manager Dave Domke told EPC that the goal is to ultimately have separate off-leash areas but it’s not possible to meet public demand without having some shared spaces at the outset.