NSDP Community Discussion: Children In The Park

Community,

The board has received several complaints about children playing unsupervised, and sometimes ineffectively supervised, in the dog park. The presence of children is certainly not offensive and, so long as they are supervised, there is no D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation regulation (Reference #17 in the Regulations listed here) that forbids them from using the dog park.

The concern is that the dog park is not a safe place for small children for a number of reasons the first of which is how unsanitary it is for them to play in the gravel. Additionally, dogs tend to enjoy playing with things that are at their eye level or similar size. As a result, people who bring their dog to the park may feel obligated to isolate their pup or leave so that there are no accidents.

What are your thoughts and or suggestions on this issue?

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