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Shreveport Dog Parks

Shreveport's City Council passed a city ordinance that established "rules for the creation and maintenance of off-leash dog parks within the City of Shreveport". As part of the Ordinance, the Director of Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) was given authority to control the Dog Park and to make reasonable rules for its operation that are consistent with the Ordinance.

Procedures were established by the Director of SPAR whereby citizens interested in establishing dog parks in the city could submit an application to establish their specific dog park. As part of the application procedure, all applications are published on both the SPAR and city websites for a 30 day public comment period.

Below are links for the ordinance and fact sheet along with the application for proposed Dog Parks.

Dog Park Fact Sheet and Ordinance
Dog Park and Off-Leash Area Establishment Application Packet


Dog Park Controversy [edit]

In March 2013, Glover was sued by Cynthia Keith, individually and on behalf of the Shreveport Dog Park Alliance, for a writ of mandamus. The City Council passed legislation concerning a cooperative endeavor agreement to establish and operate the City's first dog park, along the banks of the Red River, which Glover vetoed. The veto was overridden, but the Mayor steadfastly refused to sign an agreement over dog park funding, which was REQUIRED by the resolution. The suit alleged that the Mayor violated the City Charter, his oath of office and the resolution. [7] The Shreveport City Council as the governing authority for the City, adopted Resolution 68 of 2013, [8] in support of the lawsuit against Glover, who took the legal position that he was exercising discretion in not signing the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. Glover previously took various public positions to justify his non-compliance, including "citizen-driven priorities", poor roads he is charged with repairing with available bond issue money, water and pedestrian safety, higher usage at developed downtown parks, and promoting a dogs-over-people mantra. The City Council asked for his reasons before the suit was filed. The matter was heard May 7, 2013 before Judge Leon Emanuel, who on May 16, 2013, ordered the Mayor to sign the dog park resolution and provide proof or appear in court in late June to face contempt charges. References [edit]

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Hamel Memorial Dog Park Proposal More and more communities recognize off-leash parks as valuable places for dogs and humans to relax and socialize. Citizens of Shreveport have decided that Hamel Memorial Park is the best site for Shreveport's first dog park. This location was selected because Hamel Memorial Park is a regional park, and centrally located for all citizens in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, and Bossier City and Parish to use. While residing on the west bank of the Red River, the park is actually located in Bossier Parish.

Citizens and city officials sometimes ask why valuable park land should be set aside just for dogs. It's important to point out that these parks are for people - whether or not they are dog owners. Even elderly people who can't own a dog will be able to go to the dog park and to get their fix. The creation of dog parks are included in the vision of The Shreveport/Caddo Master Plan who's emphasis is on how the community can shape future physical development to sustain, enhance and grow our quality of life. A dog park is a symbol of the quality of life issue of a community that cares about its people and pets. According to Susyn Stecchi, author of Dog Parks USA, one family in three owns a dog, which translates to about 68 million dogs nationwide. Two-thirds of these dog owners take their dog for some type of daily exercise.

Joining the effort toward building a safe dog park are Shreveport Dog Park Alliance and ABetterShreveport, a citizen advocacy group interested in enhancing the quality of life in Shreveport. Gary Joiner, Director of the Red River Historical Institute at LSUS has partnered with the Dog Park Alliance to apply for and help fund a historic landmark sign. Fort Boggs, located at Hamel Park, is a man-made berm constructed during the Civil War in anticipation of troops approaching Shreveport north on the Red River. What a true opportunity we have to establish a historical attraction at this site! Many families already bring their dogs to the riverfront for walks. Now they could have a place to legally take them off leash.

Dog parks don't just happen. They become a reality only because dog owners ask for them -and keep asking. The Shreveport Dog Park Alliance has two Facebook pages (because the first page is a group', thereby limiting inter-activity). Since the second Shreveport Dog Park Alliance Facebook Page was started In February 2011, 684 people have liked the page, and 111,476 people have viewed our posts. Demographically, women between the ages 25-34 share about one-third of the overall interest.

According to dogchannel.com, a dog park should Include the following amenities: One acre or more surrounded by a 4- to 6-foot fence; shade; adequate drainage to preserve soil quality and promote cleanliness; sufficient parking close to the site; a double-gated entry; benches and waste disposal stations with plastic pickup bags and covered receptacles The Shreveport Dog Park Alliance will help to provide all the aforementioned amenities plus more!

A fund has been established for tax deductible donations to be sent to the Community Foundation/Dog Park Fund, 401 Edwards St #105, Shreveport, LA 71101. In 2011 alone, four fundraisers and events have been held with more planned for the fall.

As Timothy Wachtel, Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation planner said, a dog park is no longer a strange concept. "It's pretty standard in a city our size," he said. In fact, Lafayette has one, and Baton Rouge has three with four more in various stages of development. New Orleans has a large one (4 acres). Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Bill Goodin called it a "win-win proposition for citizens, dog owners or not."

Some of the many benefits of dog parks include:

Puppies and adult dogs have a safe(r), enclosed place to play Enclosed play areas prevent off-leash dogs from Infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users such as joggers , small children, and those who maybe fearful of dogs By their mere presence, groups of dog owners (and their dogs) help deter crime, and frequently act as the eyes and ears for the police A well exercised dog is a happier and healthier dog An exercised dog makes a better next door neighbor than an under-exercised dog. Puppies and dogs which get enough exercise by playing in a dog park are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, jump on passers-the, etc. In an era where people are often reluctant or afraid to approach or converse with a complete stranger, dog parks bring people together and create a greater sense of community. Dogs help shy people "break the ice" People's love for dogs often creates an important common ground, which as if by magic, serves to break down otherwise impenetrable social and economic barriers. Dogs (and dog parks) are in fact responsible for many a lasting friendship between those who might never otherwise have met."-copyright Robin Kovary, 1996 & Susyn Stecchi, author of Dog Parks USA --Shvdogpark (talk) 21:27, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

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