What About A Dog Park?

What’s the problem?

Downtown is lacking in green space—officially, the “downtown core” only has two parks, the Rotary Reading Garden (which is only accessible through the library, and only open at specified times) and a very small patch of grass just off Dundas near Colborne. What’s more, Rotary does not allow dogs and the other park isn’t fenced in, so there’s nowhere to let a dog roam off-leash. It’s hard to get pet-lovers—and there are loads of them—to live in an area where their pets’ needs are ignored. Additionally, a lot of downtown pet owners take their dogs to the CCH fields and then don’t clean up after them, which is disruptive for CCH athletes who are too busy sprinting to make sure they’re not stepping in dog piles.

What kind of solution can we imagine?

A Dog Park off King Street

The image depicts a dog park in one of London’s parking lots. I know, I know, controversial; there aren’t enough parking spots downtown as it is, but this is an ideal London, right? And in my ideal London, everybody bikes or takes the bus and parking is unecessary, so there! Dog parks are self-regulated by other dog owners who will judge you if you don’t pick up your dog’s crap, and dog parks are also a great way to connect with people in your community with similar interests (aka cocker spaniels, labs…ferrets, chimps…whatever you want to take to the dog park).

What might make this solution possible?

First off, encouraging alternate modes of transportation (i.e. not cars) if you really believe in the idea of making parking (almost) obsolete. This can entail participating in bicycle promotion like Critical Mass, or taking efforts to make transit more efficient and accessible by attending public transit planning meetings. Then get involved in initiatives like ReForest London to get London more public green space.

What do YOU think can be done to make this happen?

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