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El Paso County could change park rules involving dogs on a leash

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 23, 2019

EL PASO COUNTY- El Paso County Parks is looking into the idea of making some changes, all to address concerns over your safety.

One change includes modifying park hours. Right now regional parks are open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., but the change would change the hours from one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.

The other change has to do with your dogs. The new rule would require all dogs and domestic animals be on a leash at all times, unless you are at a designated dog park. Currently dogs can be off-leash as long as they remain under control.

El Paso County is looking for your input, public comment is now being accepted through Feb. 4. To give your opinion you will need to send an email to or call 719-520-7529.

The Park Advisory Board will consider the potential rule changes at its meeting on Feb. 13. Public comment will be heard and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. It is at 1:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade.

Before anything becomes final, the rules will have to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.