Dogs may be welcome at Condon Park
In 1958, the city of Grass Valley decided to prohibit dogs in city parks. Now, almost 48 years later, that may change.
A proposal to allow dogs in one city park for six months will go Tuesday before the Grass Valley City Council. If approved, the trial period could begin Jan. 1, 2007, at Condon Park.
Gretchen Barretta, chairwoman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, said people had been coming to City Hall recently saying they were shocked over the “no dogs in parks” policy.
“It has been on the periphery for a long time,” said Sandy Jacobson, the city’s Parks and Recreation manager. “It was originally thought that parks were for kids – not dogs. As times change, one of the council members came to us and asked us to rethink the policy.”
Condon Park was chosen as the test site partly because its 80 acres offer lots of room.
There will be areas where dogs are not allowed in Condon Park, such as the playground, the barbecue area, Little League fields and the skate park. There will be signs stating the rules.
Barretta and Jacobson both said they hoped dog walkers will comply with the rules.
Dogs must be leashed, licensed and vaccinated, and owners must clean up after their pets. There will be sanitary stations with poop bags at the park, as well.
Grass Valley resident Susan Dunn said she wrote a letter to the city a year ago. As a newer resident, she was baffled that she couldn’t walk Rosey, her springer spaniel, in a nearby park.
Dunn has formed an advocacy group, the Canine Commission, to advocate for the idea at Tuesday evening’s public hearing and to volunteer to monitor the park for a couple of months to ensure people are complying with the rules.
If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Dunn at 272-5953.
Jacobson said the six-month trial period will allow the city to troubleshoot any problems or concerns that could come up. If it appears to be working, other parks could be considered next year.
Currently in Grass Valley, dogs can be walked at Empire Mine, the Nevada City Fairgrounds and the Litton Trail.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 125 East Main St.
To contact Readership Editor Dixie Redfearn, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4238.
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