Say no to a dog park at the entrance to PS 110 Florence Nightingale

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Problem
It has come to the attention of the PS 110 parent community that Hillman Housing Corporation is considering the building of a dog park in the strip of land between the Park-It Area Garage and the decommissioned block of Cannon Street, south of Delancey Street.

While remote or somewhat hidden to most residents of Hillman, Cannon Street is the de facto entrance to PS 110 The Florence Nightingale School. Students, some with parents and some unaccompanied, approach Cannon Street both from Broome and Delancey Streets.

It is our understanding that Hillman and PS 110 leadership are currently in negotiations for guidelines for the space, including a limitation on hours that the park is available to dogs. We are also aware that a violation in park rules would result in dogs being suspended from the park and/or a shutdown of the park.

As a community, we believe that the proposed Hillman dog park, even when within these guidelines, is an unacceptable encroachment on PS 110. It does not consider common-sense guidelines* of the construction of such parks, owing to the extreme proximity of the proposed site to the school’s entrance.


* A survey of these guidelines can be found at Michigan State University Animal Legal & Historical Center (https://www.animallaw.info/article/designing-model-dog-park-law


Solution
We are asking that the dog park be relocated to a more respectful distance and that Hillman and PS 110 focus our efforts instead on creating a joyful, serene, family-friendly zone on Cannon Street, to be enjoyed by students and residents alike.