Dogs will be allowed off-leash in Williams Park every day for the next year.
For now, dogs can run free in the park between 7:30 and 10 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to sunset. Those hours could change based on a Boise Parks and Recreation staff recommendation.
The off-leash program began last year after neighbors of the park asked for it. Other neighbors have complained about a whole series of issues having to do with dogs. They said some dog owners aren't picking up after their dogs, and that dogs are barking — though that specific complaint doesn't appear to have much to do with dogs being off-leash, according to a Parks and Recreation staff report.
Neighbors of the park also worried that the program will draw more people to the park, increasing traffic in it and on the streets to and from it.
The Parks and Recreation Commission heard these concerns July 17 and saw the staff report. They extended the off-leash program instead of killing it or making it permanent.
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