Resident discusses dog park
by Denise Strub
Sep 07, 2013 | 1299 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Cleveland and its residents achieving nationwide recognition in a variety of areas, the city is in no way going to the dogs.

However some citizens are looking for a way to put a little more focus on man’s best friend.

With that in mind, Clevelander Catherine Koehler recently talked to board of aldermen about placing a dog park somewhere in the city.

“It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you want,” she said.

Koehler, who brought her dog Charlemagne to city hall, said she suffers from nerve damage in her back and has been using the large canine as a service dog.

Through her recent travels she has used dog parks in other cities, as she is not able to give Charlemagne the exercise he needs.

“There is nothing more beneficial than my dog to run free,” she explained, “An average size yard is not enough for a large dog to run in.”

Koehler said though many areas of Cleveland have sidewalks, the sidewalks are not always consistent.

“I will walk and then run out of sidewalk, then have to walk across someone’s yard and then walk in the street because I don’t want to walk in that particular person’s yard.”

A dog park allows a dog to run and play freely without a lease or harness. “It’s a great socializing atmosphere for the animals and their owners.”

Koehler said dogs on leases are often more aggressive because they are limited in motion. “If they fill threatened they can run away if they are off a leash.”

Alderman Gary Gainspoletti said Cleveland Chet Oguz has suggested a dog park in his vision of remodeling Fireman’s Park.

“He was looking at something very elaborate,” said Gainspoletti.

“I don’t’ think anyone is opposed to this,” said Mayor Billy Nowell.

“We just need someone to take the bull by the horn and ramrod this,” added Gainspoletti.