The new patch of parkland known as the Silver Lake Meadow opened earlier this month next to the Silver Lake reservoirs with several rules. Jogging, strolling and laying on the grass are Okay, but playing soccer, softball and other active sports are not. Not everyone is happy with the rules but it’s the ban on dogs that has attracted the most attention. No dogs – even those on a leash – can set their paws upon the grass or a walking path that courses through the fenced in meadow. That prohibition on pooches has prompted Jen Byrne, who has been involved with the nearby Silver Lake Dog Park and the Silver Lake Dog Park Association, to lead a campaign to allow dogs into the meadow – but remain on the path – and remove the “No Dogs” signs on the meadow gates. Byrne is calling on dog owners to voice their opinions about the policy tonight during a meeting of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Reservoirs Complex Committee. Said Byrne via email:
Again – no one wants this area to become a lawless, poop-filled, off leash, icky dog area. But I should be able to walk through there with my dog, on a leash. Right? If the feces that people aren’t picking up is the real issue – then that needs to be addressed. But not by prohibiting all dogs and their human companions from the park.