Most of Ev­er­green o≠-leash dog area clos­ing for cleanup

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

A pop­u­lar dog park in Jef­fer­son County, which be­came a vic­tim of its own suc­cess af­ter dog own­ers failed to pick up and dis­pose of dog poop, will be mostly off-lim­its to al­low cleanup and restora­tion.

On April 4, 99 of 107 acres of the Elk Meadow Park Dog Off-leash Area in Ev­er­green will be shut down, ac­cord­ing to a Jef­fer­son County Open Space news re­lease.

A newly fenced, eigh­tacre off-leash site will tem­po­rar­ily re­main open to the pub­lic, pro­vided dog own­ers clean up af­ter their pets.

Jef­fer­son County Open Space held three com­mu­nity meet­ings, be­tween Jan­uary and March, on the off-leash area is­sues. The meet­ings in­cluded a pro­posal to move the eigh­tacre site to the east side of the park near the ac­ces­si­ble Wag­gin’ Trail.

Tom Hoby, open space di­rec­tor, said the goal is to pro­vide a space for dogs to run free while also pro­tect­ing wa­ter qual­ity, im­prov­ing the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and en­sur­ing trail ac­cess.

Open space and com­mu­nity part­ners are look­ing for a long-term of­fleash site.

Once a new site is found and opened, the eigh­tacre site will be closed in­def­i­nitely to al­low the en­tire 107-acre area to be re­stored.

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