City opens some parks to leashed dogs
By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- Dog-owners have a few more city-owned spaces to legally frolic with their pet.
Last week, the Vero Beach City Council approved three new parks where dogs on leashes will now be legal in an effort to respond to community members who called for the city to become more "dog-friendly."
Councilwoman Amelia Graves said places selected received approval from the city recreation commission, citizens and city staff and is a good start to helping people to legally enjoy the city with their pets.
Many of the locations listed already had people walking their dogs without permission, but now they will be able to do so within city code, Councilwoman Graves said.
The list of approved park areas for dogs on leashes includes areas of MacWilliam Park, Royal Palm Pointe Park and Riverside Park.
The permissible MacWilliam Park areas include general park use and the boat ramp and the boat trailer parking area, but excludes the restrooms and the Riverhouse facility.
Royal Palm Pointe Park will also be open to leashed dogs, excluding the splash fountain, restrooms and the dock area.
The boundaries for Riverside Park permissions are north of Dahlia Lane. Leashed dogs will be permitted by the Riverside Park boat ramp and boat trailer parking area, but not in the restrooms.
City Manager Jim O'Connor said the newly dog-friendly areas would have waste disposal bags available in various locations for dog owners to clean up after their pets.
The city council is still in negotiations with a nonprofit group to take on a lease for a dog park near the Vero Beach marina and the matter will come before the council again in a future meeting.
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