Logan City approves park locations allowing dogs off-leash

After weeks of back and forth discussions and public input, Logan City leaders signed off on a 12-month pilot program that allows dogs off-leash at selected park locations.

“We’ve made a big leap here,” said Council Chairman Jeannie Simmonds. “Hopefully, everyone will go forward and make us proud.”

The City received numerous responses from the public both in favor and against the proposal and eventually selected seven sites for the pilot program.

These sites include:

Jens Johansen Park, 850 East 100 North

Jones Neighborhood Park, 400 West 625 North

Kilowatt Park, 331 South 300 West

Logan Meadows Park, 350 South 600 West

Pioneer Parkway, 165 East Poplar Avenue Ray

Hugie Hydro Park, Northside of US 89 at Canyon Road

Logan Service Center East Lawn Area, 810 West 600 North

It is anticipated the pilot program sites will be operational by April 15th.  This will allow time for the equipment needed to be delivered and installed by the city.

David Hecker, a Logan resident and pet owner, expressed his support of the new program.

“I’d like to compliment the people who chose the locations,” he said. “Two of them would be within one very short walking distance, another a longer walking distance of my house. It will really enhance my experience as a dog owner with my ability to recreate and enjoy my time with my pet.”

The pilot program also involves three monitoring periods (spring, summer, and fall) to assist city staff in determining the success of the program and whether the program should become permanent. The monitoring periods will also include public input during the pilot program. The monitoring and public input will be measured against anticipated outcomes:

Reduction of dog waste from parks and trails

Dog waste properly bagged and disposed in provided city trash cans

Dogs have a current license

Dogs shall not harass others

Dogs shall not be unattended

Dogs must be under voice control

Dogs shall not be a nuisance

The city will begin a public awareness campaign to help educate residents and encourage responsible park patronage. The city is also looking for volunteers to help organize, promote, and clean-up the parks before the program takes effect.

The pilot program is projected to conclude on April 15th, 2020. A final report will then be issued to the City Council in May 2020.

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2 Comments

  • Marina Kesling March 7, 2019 at 5:26 am Reply

    Are these parks fenced in?

    • Julie Ladner May 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Logan Meadows is fenced in on two sides (north and south), but open on the south-east and north-west sides. Its a pretty wide park. At either end of the park where its open, they now have a sign posted saying its part of the new Pilot program next to dog bags and a trash can.

      Kilowatt Park is an open park on all sides with a creek bed to the west. It tends to be a quieter park, but there are basket ball hoops in the parking lot, so sometimes they’ll be activity.

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