If you use the Nextdoor app then you are probably aware of the discussion concerning dogs off leash in Fort Collins. For the record, except for the official dog parks, dogs must legally remain leashed in public spaces in Fort Collins. Many of us “dog people” like to break this law because our four legged friends enjoy running around freely, and we enjoy their enjoyment. However, this behavior causes problems all too often because not all people and dogs (in spaces other than dog parks) are prepared for off-leash dogs.
There are 5 dog parks in town including the one owned by CSU on Lake Street. Unfortunately, the largest park is 2-3 acres at Spring Canyon Park. This park is often crowded and too small for many dog activities. The pond is more like a cesspool than a pond. It takes several baths to get the pond stink off of Olive. The Denver area has 26 dog parks. Chatfield Reservoir’s dog park is 80 acres with a few decently sized, clean ponds. Cherry Creek dog park is 125 acres. These places are great!
I’m gonna check into turning King Fischer Natural Area into a dog park. This is 147 acres on the southwest corner of Timberline and Mulberry. Prior to becoming a “Natural Area”, Kingfisher was an agricultural area and disposal ground for sugar beet waste. While history has made Kingfisher not the most natural of Natural Areas, the City’s restoration team has created a great space for recreation. The area is currently used for walking, biking, and fishing. There are 5 other Natural Areas in the immediate vicinity with about ten times the acreage as Kingfisher and many fishing ponds. So, I don’t think it’s too much of a sacrifice to convert King Fisher into a dog park. It will be a fantastic asset for us “dog people” and our furry friends. And, it might help to prevent off-leashing in public spaces.
What do you think? Should I get to work making this happen?