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Does Salem really need a dog park?

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Jul-25-13 8:26 AM

If the money is there, it is a nice feature, but it isn't worth breaking the bank over. WHen I was in school, Athens repurposed an old ball field as a dog park, so it already had fences. All they did was plant a couple trees and drive a couple wooden stakes into the ground to hold a rules sign. They also had their skate park next door to it.

I'd rather see the skate park first, walking/exercising your dog isn't dependent upon having its own space as much as skateboarding is. PLus, it would be nice to do something for children for once other than actually getting the pool open on time the past couple years.

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Jul-25-13 10:24 AM

We have one no city money spent. also a skate park no city money spent. Built a small park no city money spent. Clubs and churches built and care for them.

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Jul-25-13 1:13 PM

It is a nice idea but we have many more basic things that the city needs worse. Like more policemen, better streets and sidewalks, equipment that needs replaced. buildings that need work done to them. I would think a dog park would be pretty low down on the list.

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Jul-25-13 3:53 PM

It doesn't seem to me that this extra money should be used for maintenance--shouldn't that be in the budget already?

ts1227, I agree, it should be something for the kids: sprayground for little ones or skate park for older ones. (Didn't we have a skate park or was there just talk of one?)

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Jul-25-13 4:34 PM

Need? Depends on how that is defined. It's not about need. It's about we don't have the acreage for a dog park or run. That is what it takes. My only concerns is the liability the City faces. This city can't afford it. Dog Parks are not easily established. There is a lot of issues that have to be covered. From rules to legislation to law enforcement.

First time a pit bull (can't discriminate) swallows a poodle I wouldn't want to be in this administration's shoes. It is going to hurt.

I'd rather see them take some of that money and come up with winter recreational ideas so the public can utilize those parks all year long. Get these poor kids out the houses and exercising instead of wearing out the X-boxes.

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Jul-25-13 4:42 PM

Questioner It is pretty apparent that it has not been much the budget for maintenance or the town would not be falling apart. The money they put into the improvement funds has been cut over the years so they would have enough money to pay payroll and current operating expenses. I think the maintenance fund could use a good shot in the arm. We certainly don't need more things to care of or additional programs to try to fund. Basic things need taken care of first.

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Jul-25-13 5:05 PM

I believe that the parks department has funding from the levy that was passed specifically for the parks. I suppose that none of the money would come from other departments if they decided to build a dog park that was considered part of the parks department. Liability would be an issue to consider among other things. There was a skate park at Memorial Park but there were too many complaints about unruly behavior from residents in the nearby condos (among other issues), so it was dismantled. I've seen skate parks work in other cities with no or few problems; it's too bad a few bad apples ruined it for everybody.

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Jul-25-13 5:38 PM

dubfun, I think you're right that there was a parks levy passed, so I would hope maintenance would come out of that. Plus, isn't there parks revenue from charges to set up for the antique sale, etc? So what did they do with the parts when they dismantled the skate park? Did they even really give it a try? Maybe I don't know where it was located, but if it was really too close to residences couldn't it just go somewhere else?

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Jul-25-13 9:04 PM

dubfun they were talking about using money the city got from the oil companies for the oil rights that were sold on city owned property. They were not talking about using levy money to build this dog park. It was general fund money, from the oil rights proceeds, which I feel should be used in other areas of the city where there is a greater need than the park system has for a dog park. That is just my opinion though.

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