With both resident dog owners and potential visitors to the city in mind, Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada and other officials have begun tossing around the idea of adding a dog park in the city.
"It's a quality of life thing, where people love their dogs and want (to get out with their dogs)," Mlada said. "Frankly, it's another draw to the city."
Mlada said officials have checked out seven possible locations — narrowing their focus on three — but are really hoping for feedback from the community before making any moves.
"(I'm) just opening the door to this discussion, I really believe that there are enough dog owners that are interested — similar to the (Hales Trail Community Garden)," Mlada said, adding that the idea is to have the space be a city-owned park, but run and funded mostly by volunteers interested in the cause.
While some of the spaces being considered may have some logistic issues to consider, Mlada is optimistic about the ability of a dog park to bring people in and get them exposed to Port's downtown businesses.
Mlada said officials recalled a movement in the community to add a dog park in the past, which was largely opposed by a group led by a veterinarian, citing the possible spread of disease or animal fights.
"I think people have a great time, and the dogs have a great time — let's not make this more complicated than it should be," he said.
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