(Photo above taken by J. on April 9th)It would seem that the problem of dog-owners allowing their four-legged friends to use Carroll Park and especially the 'rock garden' as a dog-run continues. Just a few days ago, a father posted the photo above with the following comment on the BoCoCa Parents list serve:
"Friends: Among the growing number of people using the play area around the Carroll Park boulder as a dog run is the woman pictured here last night with her pit bull.One minute before I could get my camera out, the dog was running free, growling and nipping at the boys on the rock while she was bent over collecting a turd.This is the second time I have spoken with her about the fact that this is a no dogs area. Both times her reaction was hostile but ultimately passive. I have had the same conversation with other dog owners on several occasions (no, this is not a rant about bit bulls).
I have mentioned this to the park maintenance people, and asked them to see about replacing the No Dogs sign that conveniently disappeared from the gate to this area.I will also be calling 311, and probably running by the 76th Precinct at some point (although I don’t expect much to come of that).Here’s what YOU can do:-- Contact 311, ask about the missing sign and lodge a complaint about the dogsin the play area. If you see park officials, tell them, too.-- If you see any dog owner in the play area, politely remind them that theyare not allowed in there with fido, and that kids play where their pet iscrapping (I have had this conversation several times…smile, and be persistent.They will leave.)-- If you see the lady with the pit bull, expect her to grouse and groan abouthow unfair it all is, but she will move on.I am a big fan of dogs, and sympathetic to the lack of facilities for them in the community. That does not mean they belong in this part of the park."J.
Perhaps a simpler way to handle this is to repeat the Parks Department rules pertaining to dogs in Carroll Park once again so that dog owners know where their canine is allowed and not allowed.
*No dogs EVER allowed off leash in the Park.
*No dogs allowed in the Ball field, children's play area, sprinkler area and planting beds.
*Dogs are allowed ON LEASHES in the area around the monument and along the Smith Street side.