Committee seeks input on dog park

A dog park committee hopes to come up with some concrete suggestions by the end of next week.

The ad-hoc committee looking at possible placements and amenities for a dog park in Williams Lake hopes to come up with some concrete suggestions by the end of next week.

The committee met Tuesday afternoon to get the ball rolling.

“By no means is this a done deal,” emphasizes committee member Lorraine Levitt.

“This is just information gathering. The City does not have a dog park in the budget and it’s not on the top of their radar.”

It’s a community initiative with the City’s direction, she explains.

“Right now we’re gathering information and we hope to have it collated by mid next week with regards to location and amenities and then we will meet at the point and look at what direction we’ll be going.”

Levitt encourages people who would like to offer input on locations or amenities to call or e-mail her by Dec. 21.

She says there have been some criticisms by community members about the need for a dog park, with suggestions being that dog owners should walk their dogs in the bush, but Levitt says there are dog owners who are nervous about predators or about going out in the evenings when it’s dark.

Plus, she adds, there are people with mobility issues who can’t walk long distances who would find a park more convenient.

“Speaking with some people that have lived in communities with dog parks, they talk about the sense of community it brings as well. You have a reason to go meet your neighbours,” Levitt says, pointing out it’s not for everyone to let their dogs run in the bush.

Levitt can be reached at 250-398-8391or lorraine.levitt@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

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