Think Twice Before Walking Your Dog Off-Leash

With the recent colder temperatures, and smaller crowds in the park, we have seen an increase in dog owners walking their dogs off-leash. Maybe these dogs have made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, but The Parklands rules state plainly, “Dogs must be leashed at all times except in the Bark Park.”  These park rules are located on the trailhead signs as well as on each of the doggie bag dispensers throughout the park.  But the leash regulations are not just a Parklands rule, they’re the law in Louisville, so visitors not abiding by the rules are showing negligence.

Almost every time I come across an off-leash dog on my rounds in the park, the owner seems to have their leash handy and is willing to comply with the rule when asked to. I challenge you to make that decision before you’re asked. Rules are rules for a reason, and it’s not just to spoil your fun. Many of us are “dog people” and completely understand the urge to let your dog run, but here are a few things to consider before you give in to that urge:

If you still want to give your dog a chance to run free, we have a wonderful option in The Parklands.  As stated in our park rules the exception to the leash rule/law is the area designated as The Barklands of Beckley Creek Park. Our dog park is run by The Louisville Dog Run Association, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to operating off-leash dog parks in Louisville. A membership with the LDRA entitles members to utilize any of these dog parks around town for a small annual contribution, and if you already frequent Beckley Creek Park, The Barklands are a convenient option.  

Please do your fellow park users, The Parklands staff, and your dog a favor by obeying the park rules—we’ll all thank you for it!

About the Author

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Pete McCartney

Ranger Pete, who hails from Long Island, New York, is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he was a member of the football team for four years. Before coming on as The Parklands’ first Chief Ranger in August of 2012, Pete retired as Sergeant from Louisville Metro Police Department where he worked in many departments including homicide, patrol, narcotics, S.W.A.T and the Public Integrity Unit. Pete has two daughters and enjoys working out, cycling and running in his spare time. Contact me about: Park Safety, Report Graffiti or Suspicious Activity, Report Trespassing

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