The Salt Lake City Avenues Community Council has set aside a large part of their monthly meeting next Wednesday to discuss two proposals concerning the Avenues off-leash area located in Lindsey Gardens at 7th Avenue and M Street.
Two proposals have been submitted to the council - one that asks the city to enclose the existing area and one that allows people to legally use the expanded area to the south and west.
Since the dog park was designated but not fenced, dog owners have expanded their use over time, making it difficult for dog owners who keep their dogs within the designated area under control and making it difficult for people who use the park without dogs. Some dog owners maintain the original park is too small and the area around is seldom used, making it ideal for running dogs.
Those in opposition to the park expansion and want to stop illegal use of the area surrounding it complain of dog waste, safety for themselves and their children, and danger to wildlife in the nearby City Cemetery. There have been instances of off leash dogs attacking and killing deer.
The discussion is scheduled to begin at the Sweet Avenues Library at 9th Avenue and F Street at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 (the meeting begins at 7 p.m.). Participants will not be allowed to demonstrate in any way, and those who speak will be given a two-minute time limit. The council asks those in attendance to listen respectfully to all points of view. A vote will take place at 8:25 p.m.
You must be at least 16 years of age, and live, own property or a licensed business in the Greater Avenues District (from Canyon Road to the east city limits and the north end of City Creek Canyon down to South Temple) in order to vote. You will be required to register with the GACC Ballot Committee if you plan to vote.
Salt Lake City Parks will consider the vote from the neighborhood but will evaluate the proposals in terms of current development guidelines with input from interested parties. A recommendation will be made to the Director of the Department of Public Services. Salt Lake City has already put funding in place to fence the park.
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Source: Greater Avenues Community Council, Bring Fido.com