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Dogs are Swimmers Too

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To the Herriman City Council, Parks and Recreation, Herriman, Utah:

Regarding Blackridge Pond located at 15000 South Ashland Ridge Drive (5390 West), Herriman, Utah
Issue: Currently dogs are allowed in the Blackridge Pond area, but they are not allowed in the water. 

We, the undersigned, are asking for the following:

1.      That the current restriction of dogs in Blackridge Pond be modified

2.      That dogs be allowed to swim in the Pond during off-peak days and times

3.      A willing compromise to pay a reasonable ‘Pond License’ fee that would allow licensed dogs to use the Pond during the agreed upon hours/days.

Blackridge Pond is a great family destination in Herriman, Utah.  It provides a sandy beach, swimming and recreation, all with a wonderful view of the Salt Lake Valley.  The one downside is that while dogs are allowed in the park, they are not allowed in the water.

We are asking that this rule be changed to allow dogs to use the Pond.  We believe that dogs create no more health hazards to the water than humans do.  We feel that children will cause more issues in the water than well trained dogs, and ask that you reconsider this rule and allow our dogs to swim. 

If a ‘Pond License’ were offered for a reasonable yearly/seasonal price, it would ensure that only trained dogs were given the opportunity to swim.  The City Council/Parks and Rec would be able to set the parameters.    We would be open to a trial period as well.

An example of an acceptable dog schedule would be: Dogs allowed on non-peak hours/days (TBD).  Only dogs holding a ‘Pond License’, purchased for a reasonable fee, would be allowed to use the Pond during the determined days.  Only potty trained dogs, which are current on vaccinations, would be allowed to obtain a ‘Pond License’.

The above is only a sample of what might be a good compromise.  The following people (and their dogs) ask that you please consider adapting the current rules to allow dogs in Blackridge Pond: 


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