Comments on the birth of this site:
Thank you for doing this. Another area parks keeps dogs off of is golf courses. I like the idea of off leash areas being switched to golf courses because they have a staff and patrons that will help enforce off lease rules. I agree a no tolerance of off lease dogs, outside of their parks, is the only way to start to curb the aggressive behavior of dog owners. Dog park fees could help pay for enforcement outside of their parks although fines would help do this as well.
I see dogs as a public health and safety issue. Seattle employees would never answer my question “when is it safe for children to contact with lawns heavily used as dogs’ toilets”. I also see this as a soil and water contamination issue that the utility district of Snohomish county acknowledged early in my involvement with a stream side land owners project- I still keep their outreach mailer to Snohomish county residents.
As Parks management has been negligent in their enforcement of off leash regs, I believe Seattle public utilities has been negligent protecting our public resources from contamination. Instead of joining forces to combat the problems of contamination and safe public access, they choose to bury their collective heads in the polluted sand.
I would say it is too much information for the internet. I would simplify it and just say that, “Seattle Parks and Recreation, Animal Control adopt a zero tolerance policy in Seattle Parks. If they can prohibit smoking in the parks why not dogs.”
“There was an implicit contract between dog owners and the City in 1995, that if dog owners were given off-leash areas, that dogs would not run off-leash in the parks.”