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1/22/2014
Dog park

Give the Borough Assembly a treat.

The Assembly unanimously approved a lease this week with the Ketchikan Dog Park, giving the group access to borough property near the corner of Ward Lake and Revilla roads at a cost of $10 over 10 years.

The Ketchikan Dog Park group formed early in 2013, with the purpose of creating a dog park. After evaluating various sites, it settled on the one at Ward Cove, which covers more than 4 acres.

The park is expected to be gated and fenced in, providing four separation sections and a rain shelter.

The park would allow dogs to run off leash. Dog owners — at least some of them — wouldn't be straining to keep up; they could catch up when they could. This way dogs will be able to get really good runs, burn off energy and be happier housemates and neighbors.

The park should provide a safer place for dog frolicking and reduce the use of athletic fields, streets, sidewalks and other places where dogs leave evidence they've been there. Dogs will be protected; pedestrians won't be in danger of stepping in stuff that smells and sticks to footwear.

But it won't be a free-for-all. Dogs and dog owners would be required to follow basic rules devised to make the dog park enjoyable for all.

Clearly, this is a win for the Dog Park group, dogs, the borough and the Assembly. OK, give them all a treat.