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I received a return phone call today from the north area park technician. He has agreed to return the garbage bins to the trails if we empty them and bring them to the front. Once there are multiple bags to collect I put a call in, and he will send a guy to collect the bags and take them to the dump. As I said yesterday, it's a small group of men that have been emptying them for years, the only difference is that we are now responsible for taking them to the front, the City does not want the bags collecting at the bins and sitting there for a good chunk of the year.

I'm not quite sure what the plan is for getting the bags to the front, any suggestions would be great. Also, if you are willing to help out this Winter please message me, it doesn't have to be an every day thing but anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. I believe that the guys that have been doing it for so many years deserve a break! I'd also like to take the opportunity to say Thank You to Lloyd, Jim and Ron for doing this out of the goodness of their hearts for so many years. Thank you from all of us 

Keeping the park clean and free of dog waste is a never ending problem, but there is no reason for that. Just pick up after your dog/s. It's really very simple, your dog poops? Pick it up. I do however understand that there are times when people happen to genuinely miss it. If you get to talking to someone and have your back turned it's just that simple. I feel it's ok to politely tell the dog owner that their dog happened to do his/her business, point it out for them so they can go ahead and pick it up. I know I would appreciate being told. The other thing is, if you are picking up after your dog and there is another poop close to it, please pick it up. Even with my fairly big dogs there is always room for another one. If we all picked up one extra poop can you imagine what a difference it would make?


Now more than ever we need to be taking care of LMP. There is a real threat to our favorite dog park, and if there is nothing else we can do but to keep it clean and give ourselves a good name by doing so, I'd say it's worth any little effort. Let's make Little Mountain Park the cleanest dog park in the City! 

LMPDC

I had a long conversation with the North Area park technician, he is the one that we have been dealing with in regards to becoming park stewards. I might not have liked what he had to say, but he was still very willing to hear our concerns and willing to come up with a solution that satisfies both parties.

He was very aware that the garbages had been removed. I'm told the staff were directed to remove them because the resources are not there to maintain and empty them throughout the winter. This clearly is not acceptable, Little Mountain Park is a functioning park ALL year round. It's true that there are no City staff there beyond May-October, but that certainly doesn't mean that the park closes for the remainder of the year. Dog-parkers make up the vast majority of park users and have for a very long time, this is especially true in the winter months.

Though the City made efforts to irregularly empty the garbages the past couple of years, prior to that it was a small and dedicated group of dogparkers that were doing all the work to keep the park clean. These men emptied all the park garbages, they would empty the garbages and put the bags beside the garbages, once spring hit the City would come along and take the bags to the dump. I think that's a more than fair system, I don't think this happens at Assiniboine Park!

I can't tell you how many times I had to express how necessary it is that we have garbage cans. When I told him I was on my way to the park and had bins in my truck that I planned to disburse as a temporary solution, he strongly advised me not to go ahead with that, he stated that they would be taken away. My response? Fix it then!

After a long conversation I told him I needed a solution, I suggested that we continue to do what had been done for years, we empty them ourselves. My request was very simple, take the garbage bins out of the compound and put them back on the trails so that we can continue to be self-sufficient as a group. We are not making an unreasonable request, not at all! Give us garbage cans so we can keep the park clean, sounds like a pretty sweet deal for them, if you ask me!

By the end of the conversation I agreed to hold off on putting temporary bins out, if he would do his part to get the cans back on the trails. He does agree that we need a system and has agreed to come up with a plan, he asked for a day or two to sort things out. If I don't hear back from him tomorrow, I will call him back on Tuesday and will share the response with everyone.

If nothing else, I hope after all this we can work together to keep the park clean. Please, please, please clean up after your dogs, not doing so can really come back to bite us and I can't stress this enough, so please do your part!

If you have any concerns please send me a message through the fb page.

Thanks,

LMPDC

While doing our daily walk today we noticed that the very few garbages left in the trails were now completely eliminated. There are NO garbages left on the trails. This is obviously unacceptable. As a Club we recently applied to be park stewards, a large duty as park stewards is to keep the park clean as well as do bi-annual park cleanups. There are certain tools we need in order to be able to work together to maintain a clean park, garbages is one of those things. I have left a message for someone who I believe will be able to resolve the issue. Once I speak to him I will update everyone in regards to the resolution. In the meantime, I will be bringing a few bins that will act as garbage cans. Please continue to do you part and pick up after your dog/s. We have a beautiful park and we all need to work together to keep it clean 

Hi To everybody. We have our own Dog Club now! Thanks to Kristie and Jordan who incorporated us. So we are now a legal entity.

We have a face book page as well now.

https://www.facebook.com/LittleMountainParkDogClub

http://cbc.sh/CzTBGIk

Dog owners fear losing park to economic development

Little Mountain Park an 'orphan,' has no voice at Winnipeg's city hall

Posted: May 27, 2013 5:56 AM CT

Last Updated: May 27, 2013 5:30 PM CT

Winnipeg dog owners fear losing park to development
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Kristy Greening says the red flags about Little Mountain Park's future went up last summer, when new signage appeared showing an off-leash area smaller than dog owners thought they had.

"So we started to do some research and we came across CentrePort's plan to take Chief Peguis Trail right through the off-leash section, which would eliminate the park as we know it," she said.

Construction projects virtually surround Little Mountain Park, located inside an area slated for industrial development. Construction projects virtually surround Little Mountain Park, located inside an area slated for industrial development. (CBC)

Terry Brown said industrial development surrounds the park as it is.

"Construction from Klimpke Road, there's no longer access from Inkster," he said.

"There's all kinds of construction going on to the east of us, with the heavy trucks and the big warehouses there. I think that there's plans to redo Jefferson Avenue. I'm seriously concerned about the future of the park."

Greening and others have put together a petition, asking the city to save Little Mountain. She said about 1,000 people signed it within two weeks.

But while the park belongs to the city, it's not actually located in Winnipeg. It's in the Rural Municipality of Rosser. Since it's not in a city ward, it has no councillor.

Greening said the group asked for help from the councillor in the closest city ward, Devi Sharma of Old Kildonan, but they were turned down flat.

"We were told that we should call 311," Greening said.

Sharma told CBC News she has no record of that call.

Park is an 'orphan'

Greening said the group then turned to St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes through a personal connection.

Mayes said he doesn't blame the group for being concerned that the park has no defender at city hall.

"This is kind of an orphan that's out there that doesn't get maybe the same attention as other parks," said Mayes, who took the petition to the city's infrastructure committee.

'CentrePort's plan … would eliminate the park as we know it.'—Kristy Greening

Mayes said right now, there are no plans on the books to extend the Chief Peguis Trail past Route 90.

But a map on CentrePort's website shows the northwest corner of the park will be trimmed when the extension is built.

CentrePort spokesperson Riva Harrison said right now, development is planned around the existing green space.

Greening said roads and other infrastructure for CentrePort are being built much more quickly than people expected, and the park has lost space recently to private development on the east side.

In fact, a map on the website of Shindico, a commercial real estate developer, shows the Chief Peguis Trail extension will actually cut right through the park.

Mayes said the park should be assigned to a councillor who can go to bat for it.

"It wouldn't be assigned presumably to me, and so my budget doesn't get spread a little thinner," he said.

"But I do think … it should be assigned to some councillor just to make sure that things get dealt with there."

Sharma told CBC News she wants to help and is urging the group to call her.

Greening said a membership drive is planned for next month at Little Mountain to show the city the depth of local support for the park.

"I don't know that the city realizes how many people are out using this park every single day," she said. "We just want a say in the future."

In this CentrePort map, the proposed Chief Peguis Trail extension is shown cutting into the northwest corner of Little Mountain Park.In this CentrePort map, the proposed Chief Peguis Trail extension is shown cutting into the northwest corner of Little Mountain Park. (CentrePort)