#Animal Welfare
City of Erie, Pennsylvania
United States of America

This petition, supported by the undersigned, is directed to the Mayor, City Council and Park Officials of Erie, Pennsylvania. Its goal is to support the construction of an enclosed, off-leash dog park in a centralized, convenient location within the city limits. A full proposal is currently being developed that will be presented to the city along with this petition.

This park would be a designated area where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise and have fun in a clean, safe environment. We want to create a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who will be willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions. This park will be designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. We aim for this park to be a community project, supported in part by volunteer dog-owners and maintained in partnership with the City of Erie.

In many cities, dog parks are very common. You can view the list of dog parks in each city and state by visiting this website: www.dogparkusa.com. However, there are no public dog parks anywhere near Erie! The large number and success of dog parks all over the country demonstrate that when a group of concerned and responsible dog owners work together for a leash-free dog park, not only can this concept work but it can thrive and enrich the community.

Therefore, we are asking the City of Erie to allow the construction of a dog park for the following reasons:

- There isn’t a single public dog park in our entire county to accommodate safe, off-leash dog activities.

- Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets.

- Such a park would reduce angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks.

- This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community.

- Many dogs need exercise above and beyond human limitations; furthermore, many dog owners do not have a yard where their dogs can spend time outside, and leashes greatly limit the dog’s space and pace.

- Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people.

- Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved.

Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our dogs to have a place to run and enjoy their beautiful city!

If you would like to be involved in our efforts, you can email hc_k{at}yahoo.com. We can update you on our next steps and see how you may be able to help out.

We, the undersigned, are voicing our support for the creation of an off-leash, fenced-in dog park to be created in a centralized, convenient location in Erie, PA.

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The A dog park for Erie, PA petition to City of Erie, Pennsylvania was written by Kathryn and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.