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Amplify your voice - Denver government won't engage on off leash dogs

Hello to those in support of the Denver off-leash dog petition.  Denver government officials have so far refused to engage in a discussion about off-leash dog hours in Denver city parks.  This seems to be, in part, because many people are calling in against the petition and few are calling in to support it. I encourage you to call your city council representatives and, importantly, to speak in support of off-leash hours (via Zoom) at the Denver City Parks Advisory Board meetings. The meetings are open to the public and occur on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You must sign up to join the meeting here: https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_naLQZGRhRx-2kxgVCDnYVQ and you must email the following email address to request to speak at the meeting: Arthur.Gilkison@denvergov.org If you speak on the issue, consider making the following points tailored to Denver Government priorities: Existing city park resources have the capacity to accommodate existing needs for Denver resident dog owners to socialize and exercise their dogs. Creating parallel city park resources for dog owners doesn't make fiscal sense and decreases equitable access to parks. Currently, a dog owner must have the time, resources, and abilities to drive to dog parks rather than walk to their existing local park.  Off leash hours has been implemented in NYC for over two decades. It has been shown to be a very effective use of resources and has decreased incidence of dog bites and aggressive dogs since more dogs are able to be adequately socialized into their communities. Thanks for your support!

Mary Francis
8 months ago