Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:02 PM by Judy Slate
Relief for many dog owners after Park Commissioners decide not to limit use to canines at the Gallatin County Regional Park at a meeting Wednesday night at the County Courthouse.
About 50 people attended the meeting and everyone who gave public comment commended Park Conservation Director Mike Harris and the Park Commissioners for abandoning a plan to keep dogs away from the ponds in order to reseed damaged landscape.
Instead, Harris recommended and the Commissioners agreed to limited closures in the most endangered sections around the ponds. They will also form a committee made up of Commissioners and members of the public to look for ways to change usage of the park. The committee has a year to make their recommendations to the Commission.
Commissioners also voted to close the hill that many people use for sledding during the winter. The hill will be closed, with the exception of a footpath all summer so it can be reseeded with a heartier variety of grass.
Also at the meeting a representative from Run Dogs Run announced that it will place and maintain five dog waste stations at the Regional Park so dog owners will have no excuse not to pick up after the furry friends.