Improve Conditions at Cathedral Dog Park

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Cathedral Dog Park, located across King Street from Christ the King Cathedral, is a bit of a hidden gem in the city, albeit a rough one.  It is the largest dog park in the downtown core, yet has no parking, no fresh water source, and is poorly maintained.  Anyone who currently wishes to use the dog park has two options when parking: park in the Fortino's Plaza and risk getting a ticket, or park at the service entrance to the park and risk getting a ticket.  Then you have to try and safely get your dog from your car to the park, a scary thought considering how fast cars travel along King Street.

Furthermore, the park has no clean water source, despite having a service building with a washroom immediately beside the park's south entrance.  Because there is no clean water, dogs resort to drinking water from the pools that form in the park's low spots, disgusting water that has urine & faeces in it, spreading diseases like bordetella and leptospirosis (the last of which can be spread to humans).

In an effort to improve conditions at the park, and make it a safer place for dogs & their owners, we petition the City of Hamilton to make the following changes to the park:

  • provide public parking at the park itself, within 20 feet of either entrance
  • provide a source of clean water in the park that can be accessed during warmer months (May - October)
  • improve overall conditions at the park (remove low-lying areas, additional trash cans, etc.), and improve overall maintenance of the park

Taking these steps will ensure that everyone who uses the park has safe & convenient access to parking, clean water and sanitary conditions, making it easier to enjoy time out in the city with their canine companions.



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