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Dogs Allowed in Cain Park

Beginning in April, leashed dogs will be allowed in the park on a temporary basis

Dog owners can now take their pets to Cain Park, thanks to legislation passed by Cleveland Heights City Council Tuesday.

The Dog Project, a pilot program to allow dogs on leashes in Cain Park for six months, was unanimously approved at council’s meeting.

The Dog Project is modeled after a program in Lakewood that culminated in the abolishment of dog prohibitions in the city's parks.

Dog owners: read the restrictions here.

Leashed dogs can be walked in the park from April 15 to October 15 of this year. If the program goes well, council will consider continuing it in some fashion after the pilot ends - possibly at other Cleveland Heights parks, too.

The proposal follows a survey last year about whether dogs should be allowed in Cain Park.

For more information, check out the program's website.

Garry Kanter February 20, 2013 at 06:26 AM
You'd think the city council cured cancer or something.
Peter Bruce Photo February 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
funny Garry
Peter Bruce Photo February 20, 2013 at 02:36 PM
GREAT now follow lakewood and do off leash
Kristen Fragassi February 20, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Quarry park in South Euclid was becomming a dangerous run down haven for drug traffic and other illicit activity. The dog park has revitilized the area - keeping a general population of responsible dogs and owners streaming through the park dawn to dusk on a daily basis. There have been one or two negative incidents that have gotten a lot of publicity and sadly have defined for some the dog park community. My point is dogs and their human companions can have many positives on communities. Dogs often can add a valuable security component which can in turn help restore our community green spaces to their intended uses.
Garry Kanter February 20, 2013 at 03:07 PM
My comment is directed at council, not at this wonderful change.
Charles Taylor February 20, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Great news AND about time council recognized the importance of allowing all citizens to use our city's green spaces. For now the Rules are overly restrictive and counterintuitive, i.e. requiring dogs to stay on the path is a conceit only a non-dog owner would insist upon as most dogs won't crap on walkways and its easier cleaning up after a dog on the grass. In addition with Garry on the council's sense of priorities. In this upside down world the "canine" cop assiduously patrolling cleveland heights' side of forest hills hands out tickets for leash walked dogs bound for the east cleveland side of the park while ignoring the trash dumping, drug dealing, and sexual liaisons occurring in the parking lot.
Garry Kanter February 20, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Good points.
Ken Adams February 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM
but from what I understand there are no dogs allowed in the park LEASHED or UNLEASHED. Just because one is walking to an area where dogs are allowed, the fact remains they are still taking their dog through an area where they are not allowed to be. Same principle as if you were going 45mph in a 25 mph zone and saying "I was doing 45mph because 500 feet ahead is the 45 mph zone. Still illegal to go 45mph in a 25mph zone. Same concept. I hope they do allow dogs in all the parks, it will be quite funny watching soccer/lacrose/pee wee football being played on fields where people don't pick up after their dogs. I see it all the time as I run through the park.

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