Dog park clo­sure to be protested

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Aguilar

Ex­pect howls of re­sis­tance — per­haps even a snarl or two — as back­ers of a pop­u­lar Ev­er­green dog park plan a week­end protest of the im­mi­nent clo­sure of Elk Meadow Park by Jef­fer­son County of­fi­cials.

The bat­tle over the fu­ture of the 107-acre park has gone on for weeks, with the county ex­press­ing con­cerns about the amount of dog waste left at the site and the ef­fect it is hav­ing on wa­ter qual­ity. The county also wants to re­tard ero­sion at the park by keep­ing peo­ple and their pets out so the land can heal it­self.

This month, it ap­peared that a com­pro­mise had been reached when the county open space de­part­ment agreed to keep open an 8-acre sec­tion for of­fleash use. But last week, the county made the de­ci­sion to close the en­tire 107 acres on April 4, cit­ing “mul­ti­ple safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.”

A citizen group, Friends of Ev­er­green Dog Park, plans to hold the #BARKBACK rally at 2 p.m. Satur­day at Ber­gen Park-n-Ride lot, at Colorado 74 and County Road 65 as part of an ef­fort to save the park.

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