Most dog owners do the responsible thing when it comes to picking up their dog’s waste while in a public park, but for some, what do with it becomes a problem.
Such is the case in an east end park.
“It’s an on-going challenge for park staff” said Margaret Hazelton, Supervisor parks and recreation for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.
Birchwood park, located on Birchwood Drive is a beautiful natural park complete with nature trails and a playground. An enclosed tennis court is also available for residents.
Many people walk their dogs in the park and clean up after their dog, however just lately, instead of placing the doggie bags in the trash can, people are either tying the little bags to tree branches or throwing the bags at the wire fence that encloses the tennis courts. The city provides a trash can located within a few feet of the tennis court.
Hazelton told SaultOnline.com that they have not received any complaints yet. “Park staff visit the park every week to clean it up, remove the trash, and cut the grass every 7 days or so.”
Hazelton said now that this has been brought to her attention, the bylaw enforcement may have to be stepped up. “We have to catch a person doing it.” The city does have a poop and scoop bylaw in place.