Dog fight: Coon Rapids closes dog park that divided neighborhood

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 1:54 PM

The Coon Rapids City Council broke up a neighborhood squabble by voting unanimously to shut down Trackside Dog Park.

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decembersueAug. 28, 13 1:59 PM

According to this article, there were 200 residents in favor and only 2 against? While I think the new location is better in the end (though it needs more work) it's not good for a city council to bend to a group that tiny. You'll find a person in every neighborhood who doesn't like something.

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June72Aug. 28, 13 2:17 PM

They say there is a new dog park at Bunker Hills. Last time I tried to go in to Bunker Hills to walk my dog - there was a $5 daily fee to get in to the park. Is there a seperate entrance to use - where we won't be charged a fee? I agree with the previous comment - seems so few complained, and majority were in favor of it. Sad news...

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sn8wman1Aug. 28, 13 2:23 PM

Bummer, but It's a "Dog eat Dog" world over there in Coon Rapids...

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reader2580Aug. 28, 13 2:33 PM

The article doesn't say that only 2 people spoke against the park.

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puckluck77Aug. 28, 13 3:47 PM

Now I know why they call a dog, mans best friend. People sure arent very friendly. People are downright mean and antisocial these days. A bunch of lonely miserable hermits trying to inject their misery upon others. Is there hope for humanity?

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mgtwinsfan1987Aug. 28, 13 5:20 PM

Perhaphs decembersue and puckluck would graciously accept the park on the boundaries of their homes. Dog poop, fights, police calls, nasty traffic in a local neighborhood all the time...why, anyone would be happy to accept that next door.

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bluebird227Aug. 29, 13 7:26 AM

It just seems weird that you have to drive your pet somewhere to get him some exercise.

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norainforyouAug. 29, 13 4:16 PM

Who said the people against the dog park are loney and miserable? Just because you don't like the sound of someone elses barking dog, it doesn't make you lonely or miserable. Not everyone needs to love your mutt. I'm with the people who were against the park. I feel sorry for them having to live next to such. And I'm with bluebird - how weird to have to drive somewhere to exercise the dog - if that's the case, maybe you shouldn't have the dog to begin with. Dogs have become glorified over humans - they seem to have more rights than humans anymore.

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essmo2Aug. 29, 1310:05 PM

Why do some feel that off-leash dog parks are essential to your pets well being? Based on my experiences at a local park most patrons are some the most arrogant "My dog can do wrong" individuals I have ever met. If you can not provide a controlled exercise environment for your pet without infringing on the others , maybe you should think twice about pet ownership. Your poop is not my poop.

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DLBabatzAug. 30, 13 7:02 PM

Sounds like the real problem is that community had only one dog park drawing users from a large distance. Perhaps the council could have pursued a different solution to this problem. That would have been to develop and open more dog parks in the community, so the park users would be local neighborhood residents who would walk to the dog park rather than so many who drove there.

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