Cleaning up after dogs here at the park is about more than keeping the park looking good. It is always your responsibility to pay attention to your dog and clean up after them. It can take a pile as much as a YEAR to fully break down and it is unfair to leave it lying there for someone ELSE to clean up.
Luckily, we have a waste station with bags and a trash can in each dog park area, as well as a standalone trash can in each area, and many recycled bag dispensers
along the fence. Cleaning up after pets had been made easy and convenient. Three additional bag/trash waste stations will soon be installed thanks to donations.
DOG POOP IS NOT FERTILIZER!
Although a common misunderstanding, dog poop is damaging compared to cow manure and other animals whose excrement we use for fertilizer. It will kill grass if left there.
DOG POOP IS HARMFUL TO DOGS AND HUMANS
Parasites and bacteria can be spread through poop. Dogs can be infected if coming into contact with contaminated excrement. Some of these can also be passed to humans.
Beyond the environmental, health, and aesthetic needs to clean up after your pets, it may also be illegal not to pick up after your pet in public.
I’ve spoken with many dog park users that clean up after their own pets and many who encourage others to do so. We, as a community, are also grateful to those who have taken time to clean the park up when they notice a problem. This is what we need. See someone’s pet doing the doo, but they “didn’t see it”? Please let them know and help keep the park clean. Thank you!