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Editorial: Be the first to volunteer to have dog park 75 feet from your home
8/16/2012 1:07:00 PM
Dog parks seem to fall into the category of sewer plants and landfills.
Everyone agrees that they are a needed component of a community.
Just don’t put it near my house.
So it should not come as a surprise that the 4-year-old Cottonwood Dog Park is embroiled in controversy not only over its current location, but also the proposed sites to where it could be moved.
First, you have to sympathize with Janice Allen. She’s lived on the same picture-postcard property for 36 years and for the past four years she’s had a dog park for a neighbor. For those who claim she’s making a big fuss over nothing, a little Golden Rule soul searching would be in order. Would you like to have a dog park just 75 feet from your home?
The city is considering creating a sound-barrier wall between the dog park and Allen’s home. It also is looking at three sites for re-location: Next to the Adopt for Life shelter on Mingus Avenue, the North Clear Zone of the Cottonwood Airport, and on Mingus Avenue, next to the reclaimed water pond, opposite the Fire Training Center. Residents at Cottonwood Ranch already have voiced opposition to having it near the Humane Society … for reasons identical to those Allen has complained about.
The other two sites certainly would not be as convenient for dog park enthusiasts as the current facility near Riverfront Park. But they might be the solution the city needs in terms of the dog park not being intrusive.
And, please, let’s ditch the sentiment that Janice Allen is the bad guy in this controversy. She has a legitimate beef. Remember this: None of the people who worked so hard to create a dog park in Cottonwood volunteered to have it 75 feet from their homes.
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