Converting a grassy open area neighborhood park to a chain-link fenced off dog park has drawn the ire of nearby residents, some of whom voiced their opposition at the Mesquite City Council technical review meeting on Tuesday, June 21.
The city proposes to convert a large portion of the Redd Hills Park located on Fountain View Lane and Redd Hills Parkway to four areas of fenced facilities for off-leash dog runs. A large part of the park abuts the upscale high-end La Scala neighborhood.
“What you are trying to do to our neighborhood makes me sick,” one woman told the city council and mayor at the tech review meeting. “The dog park on Second South Street is an eyesore and looks horrible,” she said about the Jensen Trailside park that’s set aside as a dog park.
The proposed facility will create two small dog areas, one large dog area and one open off-leash area that add up to approximately 26,500 square feet. It will also include two large dog underground waste receptacles and two water stations for people to clean their animals.
The city estimates it will cost $30,000 to create the park with funds coming from the 2016-17 capital improvement fund.
Some of the people opposed to the idea said it would lower property values in nearby neighborhoods, create traffic problems, destroy the grass and make the area smelly from excrement. One man said it would make one of the nicest parks in the city an ugly area. “You can’t make a fence look pretty,” he said.
As a compromise, one resident suggested the city create a dog park in an empty area near the Animal Control Shelter on Hardy Way. He suggested that location would make it convenient for dog owners in the area and also those who live in Sun City Mesquite.
Another man referenced a previous meeting held between the city and local residents some of whom live in Sun City saying “They don’t have a dog park up there now so they want to create one down here. We should enforce the rules we have now” regarding lease laws.
Included in the backup material for the agenda item that will be heard at the regular city council meeting on June 28 are petitions against the proposal that include 100 signatures.
The petition created by local residents says in part “Dogs are already allowed to be in the park, but must be on leashes, according to the Clark County dog leash ordinance. The purpose for the ordinance is for the public’s safety. A small group of selfish people (about 10) who do not want to comply with the leash ordinance are trying to get the City to modify the park for their convenience without regard for the people who live and own homes in the area. These people violate the ordinance daily.
“There is already a dog park in the City on South Second St. Also, the City does have other alternatives for building an additional dog park that would not have a negative impact on the local home owners.
“The negative effects on our neighborhood would be an increase in the noise from barking dogs, an increase in traffic, the continuous smell of dog feces and an unsightly detriment to the value of our neighborhood property values.
“The grass within the enclosure would soon be gone and we would end up with a large chain link barren enclosure in our neighborhood. It would eventually limit the use of the park to only dog owners who do not want to put their dogs on leashes. This would be a detriment to the value of our properties.”
One resident who attended Tuesday’s technical review meeting spoke in favor of the dog park saying “it’s important to have a park dedicated to pets for them to socialize with other animals. I understand the opposition but this is a good addition.”
“I won’t take my dog to a dog park because she doesn’t like other dogs sniffing her butt,” another resident told the councilors. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
The issue will have a public hearing at Tuesday’s city council meeting during which residents can voice their opinions regarding the issue before it’s decided upon.