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Park Advisory Board moves forward with park rule changes

Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 21:34:43-05

EL PASO COUNTY – We’re following up for you on complaints from El Paso County park users, including vandalism and dogs running freely without leashes.

The park advisory board hearing suggestions from staff today, after a public comment process.
Some of the proposed changes are limiting park hours to an hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Also, requiring dogs to be on a leash unless running in a designated run area.

Public comment submitted to the El Paso County Advisory Board shows when it comes to changing park hours:

101 supported the rule change (71%)
42 opposed the rule change (29%)

And when it came to changing the leash rule:

182 support the rule change (59%)
124 oppose the rule change (41%)

”Management, definitely with a change in the park hours,” said Bob Falcone, chair of the Park Advisory Board.
“Safety is a concern all the time, whether it be people in there at night, or it be dogs running loose, safety is always a concern.”

The advisory board will send their recommendations to county commissioners who will make the final decision.