Dubuque: Repeal the Ban on Dogs in City Parks
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Dubuque: Repeal the Ban on Dogs in City Parks

    1. Kate Lydon
    2. Petition by

      Kate Lydon

      Dubuque, IA

Dubuque is an amazing place to live and play. It is quickly becoming a tourist destination, and aspires to be one of the top places to live and work in the U.S.

But one restriction prevents Dubuque from being #1. It's that we are banned from enjoying our favorite parks and trails with our canine companions.

This ordinance was passed more than four decades ago for unknown reasons, and Dubuque is the only major city in Iowa that outlaws dogs in their city parks.

We believe it's time to repeal the antiquated law.  Families should be able to walk their leashed, licensed dogs in all of Dubuque's 50+ parks without feeling like criminals.

Owners who pay local taxes and dog licensing fees, especially, should get to enjoy the beauty of all parks with their pets.

People considering a move to Dubuque often look at what amenities are available for their pets. Dubuque does a great job of welcoming newcomers, and that should include the family dog.

Tourists should also be encouraged to experience our one-of-a-kind parks with their canine friends, especially with the recent announcement that DockDogs will hold their World Championships in downtown Dubuque for the next three years. After flying in from around the globe, do we really want to greet them with "NO PETS ALLOWED" signs in the one place they expect to be able to walk their athletes?

It's clear that dogs are becoming a major part of not only our culture, but our economy. Local veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and pet stores would agree.

It is for these reasons and more, that we respectfully ask that the Dubuque City Council amend ordinance 10-5B-4, part B, to allow dogs in all city parks, and make a step toward being a more dog-friendly community.

If the State and National Park Systems, as well as bigger Iowa cities like Cedar Rapids and Des Moines can handle having dogs in parks, we know Dubuque can, too. With the city's inclusion of dog owners, and effort and commitment from those owners to be responsible, Dubuque can be one step closer to the #1 city it aspires to be.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Parks & Rec Recommendation goes to City Council March 4th

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      The recommendation to allow dogs in all parks except Eagle Point & Marshall will go to the City Council on March 4th. It may only be included as an agenda item to review, I'm not sure. But it's time to let your councilman or woman know how you feel about this.

      We need them to not only accept the recommendation, but allow dogs in Eagle Point as well!

    3. Parks and Rec Suggestion to Council to be voted on at Sep meeting.

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      The August Parks & Rec meeting didn't result in a finalized recommendation to the city. The members were updated on the progress of the language by Ms. Ware. Eagle Point and the Arboretum are currently not included in the otherwise pro-dogs-in-parks language of the recommendation. The official language will be voted on in their September 11th meeting. We're hoping one of the 4 members who voted 'no' on Eagle Point will speak up and change their vote. If they don't, we hope the City Council can agree that Eagle Point is important enough to include.

    4. Parks & Recreation Commission Makes a Decision

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      After much debate and talk of compromise, the commission agreed to submit a proposal to the City Council recommending that dogs be allowed in all city parks except Eagle Point, and the Arboretum. They will finalize this at their official August meeting and make a recommendation to the City Council, hopefully no later than at the August 20th meeting. The City Council has the final decision.

    5. Parks and Rec Commission Mulls over allowing dogs in parks June 12

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      The commission hopes to come to a basic agreement at its July 10 meeting and then is likely to address the issue again in August to work out specific language before sending its recommendation to the City Council.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. TH chimes in on our movement.

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      TH opinion piece today suggests the city "move slowly" and that the ban is in place "for a reason." Unfortunately, they fail to mention what that reason was. :) Read the full article here:

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Delivered Update to Parks & Rec Dept.

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      Printed off an updated version of the petition, including 650 signatures, 20+ local businesses, expanded comments pages, Facebook page screenshot, and a Thank You note for considering our cause.

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. NEW FACEBOOK PAGE

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      Please visit www.facebook.com/DBQdogs for the latest updates on this issue and to show your support! THANKS!

    12. KCRG TV 9 features our petition on the 10:00 news!

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks to Katie Wiedemann for interviewing Robin and me today! It will help our cause grow and put pressure on the city to make a change.

    13. Our petition gets front page coverage in the Telegraph Herald!

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      Pick up a copy of today's paper for Andy Piper's review of our petition and where the City is at with it. Please continue to spread the word about the petition. If we can reach 500 it would really help!

    14. Delivered our petition to City Council tonight, and it was well-received!

      Kate Lydon
      Petition Organiser

      We can continue building support and gathering signatures for our petition, as the City Council will likely send our info to the Parks Department, and hopefully this issue will get on the agenda for the next meeting.

    15. Reached 300 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Flynn Larson TALLAHASSEE, FL
      • 14 days ago

      animals are our equals

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    • Karl Stubben DUBUQUE, IA
      • 24 days ago

      Because my dog is important to me.

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    • Kim Oberbroeckling DUBUQUE, IA
      • 26 days ago

      I practically grew up in Eagle Point Park. It is a beautiful park. I find myself not going there because I can't enjoy it with my dog. More and more people travel with dogs and if they can't enjoy the parks in Dubuque with their animals, they will find other places to go that are more dog-friendly. I have met several people from other places and they are astonished that dogs are not allowed in the parks.

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    • Tony Moline DUBUQUE, IA
      • 27 days ago

      I pay taxes for these parks and would like to be able to walk my dog on a leash there like I do on city sidewalks

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    • Marie Yeager BROOKFIELD, NH
      • 27 days ago

      I am from Dubuque originally and visit my family there with our dog. I want to be able to go for walks in the park with her.

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