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Salt Lake City Council looking at making more off-leash dog parks and communities

Salt Lake City Council is looking at new ways to get dog owners out doors and off leash.
“We are looking at a variety of opportunities that again respect people’s needs,” said Salt Lake City Council Vice Chair Luke Garrott of District 4.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Salt Lake City Council is looking at new ways to get dog owners out doors and off leash.

City council is weighing options on allowing off the leash dog community's and new dog parks.

Richard Evans and his dog Max have to travel 5 miles a day just to visit a dog park.

“That's the only way they can get exercise and socialize,” said Evans.

That will change if city council can pass a law allowing them to utilize its properties for off the leash dog parks and communities.

“We are looking at a variety of opportunities that again respect people’s needs,” said SLC Council Vice Chair Luke Garrott of District 4. “Some people don't want to be around dogs.”

Council is looking at five ways to in cooperate the doggie move that includes:

1. New off-leash areas in existing parks, trails and open space
2. Part-time off-leash areas in existing trails and open space
3. Part-time off-leash areas in existing parks
4. New off-leash dog parks
5. Potential use of golf courses during off-season

“Boy that would be a perfect space. You got all that grass and lots of shade and stuff. It's a great idea,” said Evans

Golfers tend to disagree with him.

“There aren't many golf courses that I can go out on and feel comfortable on just walking and get my exercise,” said Elsie Beckstead. “I love dogs but I think there is a place for them and I don’t think this is the place for them.”

“If the weather is decent you can pretty much golf year round here unless it really snows,” said fellow golfer Arlene Johansen.

“We are interested in making sure that the open space stays open space. I understand people are worried we are going to turn out golf courses over to development. I don't think anyone is interested in whole sale transition,” Councilmen Garrott added.

The city could pay for the dog zones by increased prices on dog tags, educational classes, donations, grants, privatization of one or more parks and taxes.

“My dog she loves it. Obviously it's an area she can run around,” said Shabree Eaton. “I think we need more dog parks to be honest with you.”

If you would like to weigh in on the topic Salt Lake City Council will be meeting at 4:30pm on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Or you can write in your comments here: http://www.slcgov.com/opencityhall#peak_democracy

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