Dog Park

Our Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission recently heard testimony on the issue of a establishing an Off-Leash Dog Park, or a simply a “Dog Park” for short. The Eden Prairie News carried a short article about this week’s Dog Park meeting.

The purpose of a Dog Park is to provide an opportunity for people to let their dogs run free. Well, relatively free. Dog Parks have fences and rules. Dog owners must still clean up after their animals, prevent them from fighting with other animals, or hurting other dog owners. THey are typically a couple of acres and located away from residential areas.

Dog Parks are hot in the area of Parks & Recreation around the country. Park & Rec Director Bob Lambert and I both believe that Dog Parks will be very common in twenty years. If we can proceed with the Dog Park proposal endorsed by the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Commission this week, Eden Prairie will have a Dog Park system second to none in the Twin Cities.

Next stop for this issue: The City Council. No date for that meeting yet. Probably June 2003.

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