The neighbors surrounding Taylor Park have made it clear that they do not want a dog park in Taylor Park. Unless the dogs are air-lifted in and out of the dog park, children and dogs will be mixed throughout the park with no supervision. This is a dangerous combination. There will be lawsuits. The park is already overused-soccer, tennis, a tot lot, a picnic area with a grill and more. The park is too small to go regional.

With a dog park, house values, especially along

Ridgeland Avenue
, will drop dramatically. There will be noise, odors, and traffic congestion. There is also the matter of sanitation. Remember you can pick up poop, but you cannot pick up urine. Do you want your children to play in a bathroom? Would you care to live across the street from a dog park?

Let the dog park remain at Ridgeland Common. It is a perfect place for dogs. They don’t bother the neighbors. The dogs and their owners are happier than they would ever be at Taylor Park where they are clearly not wanted. The residents around Taylor Park will be happy. It would be a win-win situation all around.

The residents have also indicated that they want more park and less playground. We don’t want the park turned into a Disney World.

We want open space-more trees, bushes, and flowers. We don’t want to take away green space to build buildings for storage. We do want good maintenance and security.

It would certainly be helpful if citizens were appointed to work alongside the park planners. No one has a greater interest in the park than the local residents. If you don’t get it right the first time, these people have to live with the results for a long time.

Patricia Spagat

Oak Park

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