Dog Park Debate

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Bill Hope has lived across the street from H. P. Thomas Park for nearly 24 years.

"I've seen it develop. I actually worked with Bill Hayes in a lot of things to improve the park back in 10 to 15 years."

So when he heard the city was putting in a dog park, he was less than thrilled.

"Its probably one of the nicest parks in Bowling Green and the area that they've set aside for the dog park thats really the heart of the park."

Hope says by putting a large fenced-in area for dogs in the middle of the park, it will displace those who regularly use it.

"Its where the kids used to play soccer, thats where they fly their kites, thats where they fly their model airplanes."

Hope says the city should have done a survey before deciding on where to place the canine attraction.

"In my mind, a feasibility study would show where's the best park to have that type of park."

Mayor Elaine Walker was unavailable for an on-camera interview but in a phone interview she notes that parks and recreation did analyze all parks before deciding on Thomas Park.

But Hope says he still thinks the whole pooch park could blow up in the city's face.

"I think it'll be a hardship on the children and the parents of the children that use this park now. Its gonna create a hardship on the people that drive golf balls. All in all, it'll create a hardship."

Mayor Walker also says in order to accomodate those who will no longer be able to use the park as they have in the past, modifications will be made such as upgrading the playground equipment.

The dog park is scheduled to open in September.

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