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Brooke Barnes inside City Boundary May 15, 2024, 12:11 PM

I am not in support of the city using funds to create or sustain dog parks. The current dog park the city has, has turned the surrounding park into an unofficial off leash dog park. That can lead to dog attacks on people and other dogs. I worry that the creation of other dog parks will have the same result. The grass in the actual, fenced dog park is long gone and must be a muddy mess in the winter and when it rains. There is also plenty of evidence to suggest that dog parks and not actually good for most dogs. They can lead to dog fights and injuries, dog bad behavior, and the spread of disease within the dog community. If a neighborhood is interested in making a dog park, they can try to get support for using the city's matching grant funds allotted to each district and use that toward a dog park in their area. I think there are much better uses of the city's time and money than building dog parks.

Carol-Lyn Jardine inside City Boundary May 14, 2024, 9:34 PM

Do you want more off-leash dog areas in Provo? Yes!
Are you in favor of Provo's existing parks having areas fenced off for off-leash dogs? Some of our parks are a great fit for having fenced off areas for off-leash dogs, but not all parks. I'm also in favor of creating or re-purposing a couple of parks that are specifically for dogs and their owners.
What do you like or don't like about the off-leash dog area at Bicentennial Park? This park is really problematic. It's not hospitable to dogs or humans. The fenced off areas aren't big enough and it's not a relaxing environment.
What off-leash dog parks in other cities have you enjoyed and why? Park City has a great variety of structured dog parks (fenced-in areas for large and small dogs with grassy areas to play with shade), as well as a couple of really large dog-friendly parks with hiking trails and huge fields for playing fetch (https://www.parkcitychamber.com/blog/post/dog-parks-off-leash/). This variety of parks and designates spaces for off-leash dogs means that there are areas that serve the needs of a variety of dog owners. I also have visited cities where there are designated off-leash times at city parks, which works really well as most of us with dogs have a routine we like to be in for before and after work walks and playtime.
Where do you want off-leash dog parks to be located in Provo? I would love to have Stutz Park designated as a park where dogs can be off-leash. With the huge open field that isn't already designated for sports, it's the perfect spot for fetch. I've been there when there are several groups of people and dogs and because it's such a large park, there is plenty of space to keep your dog separate from other dogs if you prefer not to socialize, or join in with the others.

Name not shown inside City Boundary May 13, 2024, 4:16 AM

I used to live near Bicentennial Park and when I would go there I would frequently see dogs playing off leash outside the dog park. Also, dog poop was left through out the park. I acknowledge that not all dog owners are irresponsible, but some are. I worry that expanding dog parks would worsen the experience for others, like occurred for me at Bicentennial.
There’s no guarantee that more dog parks will make dog owners more responsible with off leash policies and cleaning up after their dogs. I would like to see more enforcement from the city on those points.
Also, if you’re having to create different areas for big dogs and small dogs, that will require a significant amount of space.

William Taylor inside City Boundary May 10, 2024, 6:26 PM

Dog parks benefit communities by bringing people together who have a shared interest.

The dog park in bicentennial is too small to be really effective for a group of dogs to run around in.

I have been to dog parks all over the country and my absolute favorite dog parks are in the following cities.

Des Moines, Iowa
A massive forest area about 15 acres.
Sycamore, IL
About 2 acres and very well cared for. Always well maintained grass and native Prarie areas.
Banff, Canada
Large forested area

The thing that makes a difference is having a large area at least 2 acres, have multiple throughout the city. Require registration and a key card for access. $50/year is reasonable, maybe even more. Hire a dog park ambassador who checks registrations and educates everyone they come in contact with and proactively educates people. Especially on dog park etiquette.

The city owns numerous parcels of land that can be utilized for this.

Don't know if I like existing parks being used, but would be open to it.

Name not shown inside City Boundary May 10, 2024, 4:31 PM

I do not want more off-leash dog areas in Provo unless there is going to be enforcement for dogs being on the leash elsewhere. People have their dogs off a leash all the time, even walking around the neighborhood and I do not feel safe having my children around unknown dogs off their leash.

I don't think every park needs to have a fenced off area for off-leash dogs, but I do think that every area that is implemented anywhere for off-leash dogs should be fenced.

I like that the dog area is fenced off, but I don't like that not everyone realizes that the whole park isn't off-leash.

None because I don't have a dog. I have children who I like to take to parks.

I don't care where as long as there will be more enforcement for those who are breaking the rules.

I can imagine that if one has a dog, it would be nice to have a nice dog park to take their dog. But having just a small area in a park doesn't seem to be enough for dog owners and I have heard many dog owners say they would prefer a full dog park.

LaRaine Christensen inside City Boundary May 10, 2024, 4:22 PM

More dog parks are needed in Provo! Each area, North, South, East and West should have at least one. A place for dogs to have play dates and owners to share stories and advice. The owner needs to be held responsible for their dog.

Marsha Monson inside City Boundary May 10, 2024, 3:58 PM

I live near Bicentennial dog park but use the dog park with my two dogs only when unoccupied. Mostly I have my dogs leashed and walk in the park. I wish it had a big dog and small dog area. I just don't take a chance with bigger breeds with smaller dogs. Offleash in this park outside the dog area is a big problem. I watch owners and many don't clean up after their loose dogs. We need a solution, responsible pet owners wish all Provo pet owners would up their game, help neighborhoods give dogs a place to go.

Eric Mijares inside City Boundary May 10, 2024, 4:46 AM

As a passionate advocate for canine companionship and community engagement, I firmly believe that Provo could greatly benefit from more off-leash dog areas. Here's why:

Community Engagement: Off-leash dog parks promote social interaction among both dogs and their owners, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. By providing designated spaces for dogs to play freely, we create opportunities for residents to connect with each other, share experiences, and build friendships.
Health and Well-being: Dogs, like humans, require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Off-leash dog parks offer ample space for dogs to run, play, and explore, contributing to their physical fitness and overall well-being. Additionally, these parks provide an outlet for energy, reducing the likelihood of behavioral issues associated with pent-up energy and boredom.
Responsible Ownership: Off-leash dog areas encourage responsible pet ownership by promoting obedience training, socialization, and proper etiquette. Owners can supervise their dogs in a controlled environment while reinforcing good behavior and addressing any concerns that may arise. Moreover, these parks serve as valuable educational resources, offering workshops and seminars on topics such as dog training, health, and safety.
Tourism and Recreation: Off-leash dog parks enhance Provo's appeal as a tourist destination and recreational hub. Visitors traveling with their canine companions are more likely to choose destinations that offer dog-friendly amenities, including off-leash parks. By investing in these facilities, Provo can attract tourists, boost local businesses, and stimulate economic growth.
Location and Accessibility: When considering the placement of off-leash dog parks, it's essential to prioritize accessibility and convenience for residents. Strategic placement near residential areas, recreational facilities, and public transportation hubs ensures that all members of the community can easily access these amenities. Additionally, collaborating with local stakeholders and community organizations can help identify suitable locations and address any concerns or objections.
Learning from Experience: Reflecting on the off-leash dog area at Bicentennial Park, we can identify both strengths and areas for improvement. While the park provides a valuable space for off-leash recreation, it may benefit from enhancements such as increased maintenance, additional amenities, and improved signage. By actively seeking feedback from park users and incorporating their input into future planning and development efforts, we can create more inclusive and enjoyable spaces for everyone.
Drawing Inspiration: Drawing inspiration from successful off-leash dog parks in other cities, such as San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and New York City's Central Park, we can glean valuable insights into best practices and design principles. These parks prioritize safety, cleanliness, and accessibility while offering a diverse range of amenities, including agility courses, water features, and designated areas for small and large dogs. By adapting and innovating based on proven models, Provo can create world-class off-leash dog parks that meet the needs and preferences of its residents.
In conclusion, I am wholeheartedly in favor of expanding off-leash dog areas in Provo and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents and their four-legged companions. By prioritizing community engagement, health and well-being, responsible ownership, tourism and recreation, location and accessibility, learning from experience, and drawing inspiration from successful models, we can create vibrant and inclusive spaces that bring joy to our canine community for generations to come.

Name not shown inside City Boundary May 9, 2024, 12:23 PM

-Off-leash dogs in parks where it is now allowed are a real annoyance, so I think we definitely need designated off-leash dog parks.
-The Bicentennial park is not close to me so I don't use it.
-We need dog parks with small dog areas. Small and big dogs don't always get along and it can cause negative experiences. I wouldn't take my small dog to a park that did not have a small dog area.
-The dog parks need stuff inside of them! They should not just be grass and mud. They need trees, different landscaping, lots of benches, and preferably stepping stones or sidewalks. As the dog owner, it's nasty to stand there on the pee-soaked mud. The dog park is just as much for me as it is for my dog. I'd like to enjoy it too. After all, I'm their ride here! haha
-Dog bags, trash cans, and water are also very important to have accessible.
-While I know it couldn't be enforced, we need signage that dogs must have their shots and not be sick to enter the dog park. It's not always safe to let unvaccinated puppies be around a lot of other dogs as they could pass on sicknesses like parvo and should not be sharing water bowls.

What not to do: the orem dog park at Timpanogos park. It is so steep, there's nothing inside of the small dog side, it's just rocks. That's not enriching or worth going to. And they spent so much money on it for it not to be used. It's sad.

Name not shown outside City Boundary May 9, 2024, 11:09 AM

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