In a non-binding vote last Wednesday, residents of Salt Lake City’s Avenues voted against expanding the off-leash dog park at Lindsey Gardens and asked that the city go forward and fence the area. Residents voted 117-49 to not expand the dog park, and 104-63 to fence the existing park.
Two proposals were open for discussion about the area. One asked that the unfenced area be enclosed; the other asked to allow dogs to play in areas outside of the designated one as they have been doing illegally for years because they say the area is too small.
Located near Seventh Avenue and N Street, Lindsey Gardens is a multi-use area with picnic pavilions, baseball diamonds, a children’s playground and open space along with the unfenced off-leash area.
People who use the park without dogs have been forced to contend with pet owners allowing their dogs to run in the open space on the southwest corner of the park. People who use the park with dogs and keep them in the area reserved for dogs have found it difficult to control their animals because people and dogs outside of the area attract their attention. Wildlife living in the nearby City Cemetery has been attacked by dogs not separated by fencing.
Salt Lake City ordinances require dog owners to keep their pets on a leash and under control in public except in areas specifically designated as off-leash.
The city has already put aside funding for fencing the area.
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Source: Greater Avenues Community Council, Salt Lake Tribune