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Off Leash Dog Park in Forney, Texas

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This petition, supported by the undersigned, is directed to the Mayor, City Council and Park Officials of Forney, Texas. Its goal is to support the construction of an enclosed, off-leash dog park in a centralized, convenient location within the Forney City Limits. A full proposal is currently being developed that will be presented to the City along with this petition. This park would be a designated area where residents and their well-behaved canine citizens can exercise and have fun in a clean, safe environment. We want to create a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who will be willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions. This park will be designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. We aim for this park to be a community project, supported in large part by volunteer dog advocates and maintained in partnership with the City of Forney. In many cities, dog parks are very common. You can view the list of dog parks in each city and state by visiting this website: www.doggoes.com . However, there are no public dog parks anywhere within a 25 minute drive of Forney! The large number and success of dog parks all over the country demonstrate that when a group of concerned and responsible dog owners work together for a leash-free dog park, not only can this concept work but it can thrive and enrich the community. Consider this: parks increase the livability of a city and provide for a better sense of community. The more parks a city has, and the more variety of parks a city has, the higher its property values tend to be. Moreover, research shows a great reduction in crime in neighborhoods with dog parks. Who would want to commit a crime with fifteen dogs and their owners watching? (source: www.clevelanddogparks.com ) Therefore, we are asking the City of Forney to allow the construction of a dog park for the following reasons: - There is not a current public dog park in our area to accommodate safe, off-leash dog activities. - Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets. - Such a park would reduce angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks. - This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community. - Many dogs need exercise above and beyond human limitations; furthermore, many dog owners do not have a yard where their dogs can spend time outside, and leashes greatly limit the dog’s space and pace. - Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people. - Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved. -Grant programs are being analyzed to determine if funding can be made available to offset or eliminate the cost of construction. Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our residents to exercise their canine family members and themselves as well as benefit the community as a whole!


Jason McClaren


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