September 22, 2009
Give dog owners another chance
It’s time for both Issaquah Parks Department officials and dog owners to quit barking about the new ban on dogs at Timberlake Park. Compromise is the name of the doggone game.
We hope the parks department decision makers will acknowledge that they could have handled the implementation of the dog ban better than they did. And we hope that dog owners can put aside their own responsible pet ownership to acknowledge that not all dog owners are created equal.
That said, something has to change.
Among all the yelping, we’ve heard the occasional voice of reason. Put the dog owners on a short leash and give them another chance.
First, set limited hours for dogs to share the woodsy park. This will allow a time when people can bring themselves or their children to Timberlake while sharing it only with the birds and squirrels who live there.
Dog owners will have to adhere to the rules: Walk their dogs on a leash, keep them out of the lake (at least during salmon spawning season), clean up the dog poop and their own litter. And leave puppy home during people-only hours.
Timberlake Park, like other city parks, is for people first. But there might be wagging room for Bowser if everyone plays nice.