To the Editor: Perrysburg dog park falls victim to city requirements
Written by Teri McIntire-Shehan   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:25
It is with deep regret that I write today regarding the plans for the Friends of the Perrysburg Dog Park. A small group of devoted volunteers have been meeting for several years to plan and implement a dog park in our wonderful city, but we have been met with outrageous and inane requirements for the park.
Despite finding two sites that were obscure, yet accessible, architectural rendering of the parks, plans for fundraising, and a highly committed veterinarian who worked through all aspects of this process, the board required: "insurance of at least $500,000, an escrow account of $20,000 and $300.00 in monthly rent while signing a ten year lease."
In other cities in this country from Winchester, Virginia to Portland, Oregon, dog parks are the fastest growing park in the country: not Frisbee golf, not walking paths, and not paved wildlife areas. Dog parks. A few years ago, at the inception of this whole process, 500 people in this area signed a form expressing interest at ONE local veterinary office. But Mr. Joe Lawless and the park board would have none of this information despite the planning of a many local professionals who want to contribute to our community, bring people together, support our leash laws, and provide yet another beneficial feature to the citizens of Perrysburg. The board was hell-bent on squelching the entire proposal and yet we are reading of a multi-million dollar park on the banks of the Maumee River.
So, at this time, the Friends of the Perrysburg Dog Park will disband and take our dogs on leashed walks, minding our own business.
Teri McIntire-Shehan
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:26

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