ALDERMAN: Compromise on Table for Mt. Hood

Dogs could return to the park as early as next month, if the proposal is approved by the Park Commission.

Update: The mayor's office released a PDF of the proposal

Original article: A compromise proposal struck by city officials and a park commissioner could mean the , pending its approval by the city's Park Commission.

Ward 6 Alderman Peter Mortimer said the plan would permit dogs in non-golf areas of the park, as long as their owners both leash and clean up after the pets.

He said there were further details to come during Monday night's board of aldermen meeting.

“There has to be tolerance, and we have to have consideration here,” he said, adding that both dog-owners and golfers have a right to enjoy the park.

A number of officials were involved in the talks, including Mortimer himself, , Police Chief Michael Lyle, Park Commissioner John McLaughlin, Animal Control Officer Diane Kurkjian, and City Solicitor Robert Van Campen.

It was not immediately clear at which scheduled meeting the Parks Commission would consider the proposal.  

Monday night's board of aldermen meeting begins at 7:45 p.m. Monday at City Hall. 

Steve Meuse August 20, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The fact that they already had the signs made even though there was a chance the rule wouldn't stick... What a waste of money.
Dave Gray August 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I agree in principle with the content of the proposal. I wish, however, that language had been included that required dog walkers and other pedestrians to strictly observe golf etiquette when near the course. That means being quiet, and not moving when near (within 20 or 30 feet) someone who is trying to hit a shot. Golfers have always been willing to share the area and coexist with those who are courteous and considerate. The problem only arises when someone fails to act in that manner. Unfortunately inconsiderate behavior is the norm, rather than the exception. I have no expectation that those who display bad behavior will change because of this proposal.
Diana Lane August 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I would support that wording, and did suggest it at Parks commission meeting. . I do observ that courtesy to all golfers and feel that some other people who use park, not just dog walkers are unaware(ignorant) of the way to behave on a golf course.
Myron Dittmer August 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The recent proposal for new rules and guidelines for dog walkers at Mount Hood Park contained within the letter issued by the Mayor’s office represents a sensible and reasonable solution to dog issues at the park. If the Park Commissioners really feel that they needed to pass a dog ban at Mount Hood to get the attention of residents and city officials to address serious dog issues at the park, they successfully conveyed that message when they passed a dog ban at their August 10th meeting. Now that residents and city officials have come together to develop appropriate rules for dog users of the park, including more signage and monitoring of compliance, it is up to the Park Commissioner to follow through on their commitment to rescind the dog ban and implement these procedures.


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