Cornwall ON- Well it looks like Dogs, or in particular the ability for pet owners to walk their dogs in city parks is becoming a municipal election issue.
Cornwall City Councilors Bernadette Clement and Glen Grant are championing a test project to allow leashed access to dogs in Lamoureux Park, Cornwall’s signature park and location of events from Winterfest to Lift-Off to Waterfest.
The attempt by a group to launch a dog park so far has failed, and a private company plans to run a fee based dog park in the north end of the city.
In the meanwhile much debate continues as many dog owners are upset that their license fees don’t necessarily get them any service. My question is are dog owners willing to see their license fees go up to pay for any extra costs to the city for the cost of a dog park?
I like the idea of having leashed access to parks; however I think it’s a huge mistake for Lamoureux park to be the “test” site.
The costs of bylaw enforcement and the possible impact to the site for me suggests that the destination and show place of Cornwall should not have that sort of risk. Let’s use a few other city parks where the impact of possible maintenance and safety issues would not be as potentially visible first.
We live in an age it seems of consolidation. Instead of neighborhood ice rinks we build them all in one spot. Pet owners don’t necessarily want to travel with their dogs to a park when there are local options close to the house.
So let’s try this, but let’s pick three or four area parks in Cornwall, and see how it plays out instead of using our showcase to the world.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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