The Washington Post is covering the issue of the proposed dog park regulations. For those of you unaware, among the suggested rules (read them all at Binformed) are that the area: 1) must be at least 10,000 square feet, or a quarter of an acre; 2) must take up no more than 25 percent of a park; 3) must have a slope of no more than 5 percent; and 4) must be certified by the Health Department that there are no rats within five blocks.
In a piece yesterday, the Post unfortunately attempts to align the dog park issue with gentrification, presumptuously noting:
Demand for dog parks is increasing, particularly in such gentrifying areas as Petworth and Capitol Hill. Along with a desire for granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, many affluent homeowners want dogs and a legal place for them to exercise without a leash, as the District's strict leash law requires.Today, the Post discusses last night's community meeting in Chevy Chase about the proposed dog park regulations.
There are certainly reasonable concerns on both sides of the dog park issue. No less, I think the current regulations are far too restrictive on what constitutes a potential site, and I think that dog parks are a community ammentity all should support--dog owners and non-dog owners alike (read my rationale, posted in the comments here).
Do you want to weigh in on or learn more about the regulations? Binformed has great coverage of all things related to the dog park issue and provides comprehensive information about how you can make your voice heard (note: DPR extended the comment period regarding the regulations until May 1). Also, don’t forget that DPR is holding a community meeting at the Kennedy Recreation Center on Monday, March 26, 2007 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm to discuss the proposed regulations.