Comments: Taking Things a BIT Too Far

"Even then, it might make sense to set aside one or two of the city's parks for dog owners who would prefer to let their canines roam free, just so people who do not care for dogs don't have to deal with them."

Trouble is, the city doesn't want to do it, and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into setting up the "experimental" (their description) off-leash areas that do exist. People come from many miles around to use the off-leash area at Gabriel Park, near where I live. At a meeting between dog-owners and park officials that I attended, the park person complained that the off-leash area at Gabriel was "overused." Well, yeah, when it's the only area in southwest Portland that's designated as off-leash. Duh. Plus, the city closes the off-leash area there for eight months of the year.

Posted by Brian Swisher at July 22, 2003 10:35 AM