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12/8/2012 1:09:00 PM
Letter: It’s simple: get rid of the dog park


I have lived in Cottonwood since 1976, but more than that I am an Arizona native and spent my life here. I knew Cottonwood when the only neighborhood was downtown, and 9th street was a quiet sleepy neighborhood where families lived forever.

My friend Jeanice Allen has had a hard time convincing others she has the same right as anyone else. The Dog Park, which no one wants in their back yard, has been dumped on her back yard.

Now this is simple: GET RID OF THE DOG PARK. She has tried hard to go to the city council and make her plea, and apparently they have decided she doesn’t count, even though she has lived here and raised her children.

We didn’t have a dog park before, and it’s apparent the only solution is to close it forever. There is a lot of open country where people can walk their dogs, so let’s get this done.

Nina Lovett


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: I agree with the sound meter before procedding any farther

Check the sound level that the dog park is putting out before spending all this $$$. It would be an objective way to assess the situation.
I actually took my 2 dogs to the dog park, and was surprised at the lack of noise. There are more dogs barking in my neighborhood, even at night, than there is at the dog park.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Wow, really:

It is called Free Speech, something I am sure you defend.

As far as the berm is concerned, follow the money, just follow the money.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Wow Really

I canít believe that this is still going on. The City Council has been doing almost everything in their power to keep both the dog owners and Nabors happy. When the majority is happy, the City Council has done their job, since it is impossible to make everyone happy. Iíve been keeping up on this story and have seen many comments about Mrs. Allenís attitude about the situation after they have tried again and again to appease her by fixing squeaky gates, provided more bags, closed a dirt road, having the Police department check several times a day and limiting hours. I also heard that, the volunteers and/or City even informed everyone that the dog park was going in. If that is true then WHY didnít she say anything then?
I have swung by the dog park several times to see what the fuss was all about and I saw a average of about 0-5 dogs there and I didnít hear or smell anything matching what Janice Allen has reported. Iíve also heard about Janis Allenís bull horn and disruptive behavior.
I agree with ďHas a sound meter been placed at Mrs. Allen's HomeĒ why not put a sound meter on the edge of her property? Let the facts be shown and then put the sound barrier in. Or maybe we will just hear the bull horn? Donít waist the money, just because someone said so or grumbled enough.
Iím a dog owner who does not use the dog park, due to my dog not being properly socialized as a pup, but I do see how the dog park is a useful amenity for folks in our great community. If I do get another dog, I will definitely take them here if it is still available. Dogs need to be able to run and socialize and the desert does not cut it, because of not being able to see skunks and snakes. The nice grassy area makes it easier to spot such possible hazards. If you are not a dog owner or are not with in the area that is affected, then why are you commenting on this article?

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Common Sense

I can't believe in that the city for consider spending thousands for this project. Save half the cost and buy acreage outside of town limits. Then use the remainder to give the counsel members a nice raise as a reward for protecting an individual's right to quiet enjoyment of their personal property. Canines are receiving more attention than a person, and that should only happen in Sheriff Joe's Tent cities - and only because the criminals chose to be incarcerated whereas the canine did not

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

How many "dog people"have ever met or visited with Jeanice Allen?

I met Jeanice Allen at the hospital where we were both waiting for lab tests.

She was clearly under tremendous stress and I hoped that allowing her to share her story with me would ease some of her tension.

It clearly impacts upon her health. She wants to live on her property in relative peace and quiet.

However, once the Cottonwood City Council makes a decision it NEVER admits it was wrong or EVER tries to rectify any harm caused their decisions.

I retiterate, short of legal action, I see nothing positive happening for Jeanice Allen.

She spent considerable time and effort trying to deal directly with the City Counci. That was a complete waste of time. I would not have wasted my time with them.

The very first time they would have heard from me, if I lived where Jeanice Allen does would have been a letter from my lawyer.

Anything less, is a complete waste of time.

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: first the dog park... .

then the regular park...then what?

where does it end?

the blood lust against the city/council is a thirst that will never be slaked... the dog park is just the latest vehicle that is convenient for the haters to hitch a ride on...

if the haters ever get tired of hating..maybe they will consider helping instead.

the list of steps taken in the recent article on the park indicates that it is being worked on.

so haters keep hating... nothing new there...

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Bethany Gray

REALLY?!!! They had a public hearing regarding this and the Dog Park supporters agreed to come up with a sound barrier. I have also already seen signs of major improvement in just the way the dog park looks and is cared for. Dog parks are a way of life these days! When society shifted to smaller abodes such as condos and apartments it gave up the free space usually associated with living on a property. As a result, a community dog park is both healthy and necessary. This hubbub all seems to come down to ONE person and honestly I really wish we could ease her distress. I don't want to feel like my dogs are bothering people, but what about the baseball games right next door with cheering crowds and constant verbal interplay? If you want quiet, all the time, every time, then find it with earphones or plugs. Even if the dog park is shut down you will still have constant noise from children's games and you will be creating a much dirtier environment as people take their dogs to the street. Live and LET LIVE. If this is that much of an issue then talk to us, the dog park people, talk to city people, TALK period, and let's get you a sound barrier that works. None of us are upset with you and we resent you being upset behind closed doors with us! Let's work together to solve rather than exacerbate the problem.

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Ken Clearbrooke

An average residence near a 4 lane road in cottonwood? Give me a break, we live in cottonwood for the lack of this. I live near one miserable constant barking dog and it's owners are oblivious to its "music". Let's be realistic, there are a handful of self absorbed, selfish individuals who could care less about anyone who are responsible for this. If people can't be responsible then they should lose privileges, just like our grandparents advocated.

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

To get over it.
It's neighbors like you that have no community
spirit or you would have some empathy.
I bet you take your dog there just to promote
your right to bother people.
Put that in your dogs food.

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: I'm For It

I'm all for the suggestion to outlaw pets. Let's do it!!

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: I Feel Sorry For Jeanice Allen

Sorry but I have to agree with Nina Lovett, parks are for people, Not dogs. If you want to take your dog out to exercise theirs plenty of open desert where they can run all over on and have as much or even more fun. The dogs don't know the difference between a dog park or desert, all they know is there having fun and don't care where they are.

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: George Dexter

I travel a lot, my work requires it. Since this dog park topic has been going on in Cottonwood, I have been paying closer attention to dog parks as I go from city to city. My observation is that dog parks have become very popular, for whatever reason, but of all the dog parks I have looked at, and there have been many, none of them are anywhere near houses. In some cases they are in a lot all by themselves next to major roadways, backed up to a wooded area or empty space. It appears to me that the planning of the Cottonwood dog park was not really thought through. I agree that the Cottonwood dog park serves some small purpose to the community, but not a big enough one to upset people. I agree, the dog park should be closed, for the sake of those forced to live near it. It was not planned out well and is doing more harm than good. I STRONGLY AGREE with Transplant for OC. The dog park is a breeding ground for disease and filth. If you love your dog, stay away for the dog park. Also, I feel that unless you are willing to attach your name to your comment you should not be allowd to post one.

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: Has a sound meter been placed at Mrs. Allen's Home?

Cottonwood needs to place a sound recording meter at her home to determine just how bad the barking dog noise really is. Then take appropriate action if the barking is above the average noise of a neighborhood near a 4 lane road.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: indeed.. .

then everyone can take their dogs over to north 8th street and walk them up and down the public right of way in front of the squeaky wheels home...

will we then have to abandon all public streets?

what next then? outlaw pets maybe? if pets are outlawed only outlaws will have pets.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: get over it

get over it people, the dog parks not leaving, but you cry baby's should.

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