Off-leash hours proposed for Southeast Boise's Williams Park

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJune 13, 2013 

Boise Parks and Recreation has scheduled a meeting for June 27 to hear from the public on a proposal to allow dogs off-leash during certain hours. 

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Parkcenter Church, 270 E. Pennsylvania St.

The department developed the proposal in response to neighbors who submitted a petition for off-leash hours. 



If Williams Park is selected for inclusion in the program, dogs would be allowed off-leash in a designated area during early morning or evening hours.


An 8-acre site, Williams Park is located at 300 W. Williams St., near the intersection of Boise Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. 


The Boise Parks and Recreation Commission will evaluate the proposal and public feedback at their July 18 meeting. That meeting will take place in the Foothills Training Room on the first floor of City Hall, 150 S. Capitol Blvd. The commission will consider several factors, including impact to other uses and wildlife, maintenance requirements, financial impact, and neighborhood support. Public comment will be accepted at the meeting.


If the commission approves the program, off-leash hours at the park would be implemented on a 1-year pilot basis. During the pilot phase, Parks and Recreation staff and city animal control officers would visit the park frequently to assess the amount of use, compliance with rules, and impact to other visitors. The Parks and Recreation Commission would evaluate results at the end of the year and determine if the program should continue.


Off-leash hours are offered year round at six city parks: Castle Hills, Cypress, Manitou, Redwood, Sunset and Winstead. At Ann Morrison Park, seasonal off-leash hours run from early November through February.  The city also operates dog parks at Military Reserve, Morris Hill, Pine Grove and Sterling parks.


To learn more, see the Boise Parks and Recreation dog off-leash website or call (208) 608-7617.


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