City of Burlington, VT to create a dog park in the Old North End

City of Burlington, VT to create a dog park in the Old North End

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Stacey Edwards started this petition to Mayor Miro Weinberger and

This petition, supported by the undersigned, is directed to the Mayor, City Council and Park Officials of Burlington, Vermont. Its goal is to support the construction of an enclosed, off-leash dog park in a centralized, convenient location within the Old North End.

Within the city of Burlington, there is only one dog park within the city proper, on the waterfront. This park is hard to access for those of us with dogs and who use public transportation. In the Old North End, dog owners have been forced to either use the playgrounds or school yards to exercise their dogs off leash, which are not fully fenced, or walk our dogs around the neighborhood on-leash, not giving our pets an opportunity to run free and interact with each other appropriately.

Therefore, we are asking the City of Burlington to allow the construction of a dog park for the following reasons:

- There is not a current public dog park in our area to accommodate safe, off-leash dog activities.

- Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets.

-Having such a park located in the rear wooded currently unused portion of the Old North End would promote better use of this land area and deter crime through higher foot-traffic and video surveillance.

- Such a park would reduce angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks.

- This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community.

- Many dogs need exercise above and beyond human limitations; furthermore, many dog owners do not have a yard where their dogs can spend time outside, and leashes greatly limit the dog’s space and pace.

- Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people.

- Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved.

Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our residents to exercise their canine family members and themselves as well as benefit the community as a whole!

 

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