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Yarmouth town council to be presented with public input plan on possible dog park

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YARMOUTH – To help determine if the issue is moving in the right direction or barking up the wrong tree, Yarmouth’s town council will be presented with recommendations concerning the possible establishment of a dog park.

These recommendations – aimed at engaging public participation and input – are included on a March 24 committee of the whole meeting agenda.

In December the town was approached by some local community members with a proposal to turn 28 Jarvis St. into a community dog park.

If this were to happen it would be the first official off-leash dog park permitted in the town.

It is being recommended by town staff that council seek more public feedback before making a decision.

In a report coming to the March 24 meeting it is proposed and recommended that the town:

• prepare a letter advising residents in the Jarvis Street, Argyle Street and South East Street area about the proposal;

• conduct an online survey for both the general public and the residents of the proposed area;

• hold two public meetings – one for the general public and another for the residents of the area

• and, develop a town newsletter so members of the public that are interested in a dog park can subscribe to receive regular updates on the development of such a park, along with making them aware of volunteer opportunities.

The report coming to this week’s committee of the whole meeting states there are no policy changes required for the town to own and maintain a dog park. The report notes that the town’s dog by-law clearly states that an owner of a dog is responsible for the actions of their dog at all times.

“By having designated off-leash areas, the town would be creating clear reasonable rules on where dogs are permitted off-leash,” reads the report, noting this would deter the usage of other public spaces that are not intended for off-leash dog use, such as baseball fields and school grounds.

These recommendations – aimed at engaging public participation and input – are included on a March 24 committee of the whole meeting agenda.

In December the town was approached by some local community members with a proposal to turn 28 Jarvis St. into a community dog park.

If this were to happen it would be the first official off-leash dog park permitted in the town.

It is being recommended by town staff that council seek more public feedback before making a decision.

In a report coming to the March 24 meeting it is proposed and recommended that the town:

• prepare a letter advising residents in the Jarvis Street, Argyle Street and South East Street area about the proposal;

• conduct an online survey for both the general public and the residents of the proposed area;

• hold two public meetings – one for the general public and another for the residents of the area

• and, develop a town newsletter so members of the public that are interested in a dog park can subscribe to receive regular updates on the development of such a park, along with making them aware of volunteer opportunities.

The report coming to this week’s committee of the whole meeting states there are no policy changes required for the town to own and maintain a dog park. The report notes that the town’s dog by-law clearly states that an owner of a dog is responsible for the actions of their dog at all times.

“By having designated off-leash areas, the town would be creating clear reasonable rules on where dogs are permitted off-leash,” reads the report, noting this would deter the usage of other public spaces that are not intended for off-leash dog use, such as baseball fields and school grounds.

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