City Council voiced unanimous support for the dog park and directed the City Manager to move forward on the Heffner Park/Takoma-Piney Branch "parking lot" site "sooner, rather than later." This is an enormous victory for supporters. We thank each and every one of you who came out to testify.
About 30 people turned out at Monday's public hearing, with the vast majority testifying in support of the dog park. Only one person was opposed to the Heffner dog park site, and even he noted that it was a classic "not-in-my-backyard situation." City Manager Brian Kenner committed to completing the dog park in fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, 2014.
Dog parks make safer, better behaved dogs. Jeff Weiss, certified dog trainer and owner of Takoma Dog Repair noted that when dogs are on leash, they can't escape and tend to be more aggressive, noting that a "dog park will reduce aggression." Veterinarian Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher of Capital Hill Animal Clinic noted several desirable features, including shade to prevent heat stroke. Heffner Park has extensive shade from mature trees.
By email, TakomaDogs requested a meeting with the City Manager to discuss our continued involvement in the process. Check the website weekly for updates.
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