The City Council yesterday approved a request by Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan) to look into how to get the city to build dog parks south of the Fenway, where he said dog-owning residents deserve the same facilities as those in the South End, the North End, Dorchester and other neighborhoods that already have dog parks.
As Arroyo began to talk about a hearing on the matter, one of his dogs started barking in the background. "My dog seems to have heard I'm speaking on this now," he said.
Arroyo said he was speaking in particular of his three neighborhoods and neighboring West Roxbury, but said Roxbury and Brighton also don't have dog parks. Jamaica Plain is also currently bereft of a dog park.
He said that dog parks not only provide a place for community to grow - both among owners and dogs - but would cut down on complaints about unleashed dogs in parks meant for people (he did not mention Medal of Honor Park in South Boston, however).
In recent years, the state DCR, which owns considerable parkland in Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale and West Roxbury, has proposed dog parks in both Stony Brook Reservation and the Southwest Corridor only to abandon the plans. At a meeting on the city-owned Millennium Park in West Roxbury last month, one city parks planner said Boston is committed to putting a dog park in every neighborhood.