Monday, July 28, 2014

City OKs Bark Park rules; owners must clean up after pets

By The Herald Staff | 3/7/2014

Pet owners should be able to take their dogs for a stroll in the city’s Bark Park by April, but they'll be responsible for the cleanup of their pets.

Construction of the dog park should be finished in the next couple of weeks at Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Wynndee Lee, the city’s planning and codes director, told Ottawa city commissioners at their meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St.

Ninety-nine percent of the Bark Park’s cost has been funded through contributions from the community — not taxpayer dollars, Lee said.

The commission voted 4-0 to adopt the park’s rules, which will be posted at the park and include:

• Female dogs in heat will be prohibited.

• Rabies vaccination tags must be displayed to use the park.

• A current city license also must be displayed unless a person is from outside the city.

• Owners must clean up after their pets. Pet waste stations will be available.

• Owners must be in visual contact with their dogs at all times.

The park’s dedication should take place in early April, weather permitting, Lee said.

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