John J. Hickey & Sandy E. Sanel Dog Park and Dog Related Ordinances for City Parks
The Dog Park at Terrill Park is open daily dawn to dusk and no overnight parking allowed. The Dog Park is maintained by the Pope Memorial SPCA. Without the volunteers from the SPCA we would not have a dog park. If you are interested in helping maintain the dog park please contact the Pope Memorial SPCA at https://www.popememorialspca.org
Dog Park Rules and Regulations
- All dog owners must “scoop the poop” and properly remove and dispose. The park is 100% carry out.
- Handlers must be in the off-leash area and supervise their dogs at all times. No more than two dogs per handler at any time.
- Aggressive dogs must be removed immediately.
- All dogs must have proof of current license and vaccinations.
- No puppies under 4 months allowed: older puppies must have completed their shots.
- No female dogs in heat allowed.
- No animals other than dogs are permitted.
- Handlers are responsible for filling in holes that their dogs dig.
- Dogs must be leashed when entering or existing the off-leash area.
- No choke or prong collars, gentle leaders or halties allowed in the off-leash area.
Dog Leash Law and Dog Waste City Ordinance
The City has an ordinance requiring dogs to be on a leash at all times when using a park (unless inside the Dog Park) and for owners to pick up their dog’s waste (City Ordinance 6-1-5). Please pick up and remove your dog’s waste and keep all dogs on a leash while using any of our neighborhood Parks.
Why pick up and remove dog waste?
Dog waste is a major pollutant and contaminant of the water supply. It is a serious health issue. In fact, it is estimated that one third of all water contamination is a result of dog waste run off entering streams and leaching into underground well water. The average dog can produce 274 pounds of waste each year. Disease from dog waste can spread to other dogs, children and adults.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed dog waste a "non-point source of pollution" in 1991, which puts dog waste in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals. A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. The EPA estimates that two or three days' worth of waste from just 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dog waste can contribute to diseases that animals pass to humans, called zoonoses. When infected waste is deposited on the ground, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. Anyone, especially dogs, who come into contact with that soil, be it through gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot or any other means, runs the risk of coming into contact with the eggs.
Some of the hard-to-pronounce parasites that waste could harbor include Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Salmonella, as well as hookworms, ringworms and tapeworms. Infections from these bugs often cause fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans. Children are most susceptible, since they often play on the ground and put objects and fingers in their mouth or eyes.
Look for Dog Obedience Training Classes?
(PLEASE NOTE: the photo below was taken pre-COVID; safety protocols are now in place)
The Parks and Recreation Department offers dog obedience classes several times a year. Please review the online brochure for information. We offer basic and advanced classes.