Journal of the San Juan Islands


Leash law does indeed apply in gravel pit | Letters

February 21, 2014 · Updated 9:16 AM

This letter is in response to comments and a letter received by Island Rec’s Board of Commissioners, which appeared in the recent letters to the editor concerning the Lafarge property, (i.e. gravel pit), and regulations regarding unleashed dogs (Why no leash law at gravel pit park,” Feb. 5, pg. 6).

The property, which is owned by Island Rec, is not a designated off-leash dog park. Island Rec operates Eddie and Friends Dog Park on Mullis Street for this specific use.

The Lafarge property is a primitive area with beautiful scenery and use is limited to walking on the graded walk only. It is a popular destination for people and their dogs.

One walk around the trail and it is evident by the dog waste left beside the trail how popular the area is for people with dogs.

This property is located in the county and therefore the county ordinance Section 4 SJCC 6.08.085 applies, which states dogs must be under the immediate control of the owner or keeper or other authorized person by means of a leash, voice, whistle or hand signal. For those who are animal lovers, it’s easy to forget that not everybody, or every other dog, likes other dogs, especially when we live in a place that is very dog-friendly and accommodating.

We have parks and trails all over the island, all teeming with people and pets. But these are all still public spaces, which means it’s your job to control and clean up after your dog, and not everyone else’s job to adjust to their presence. The bottom line… take responsibility for your dog, and everyone will benefit.

Questions or concerns about Lafarge or any other Island Rec park or program are always welcome. Call Island Rec at 378-4953.

Jacquelyn Reiff, Chairwoman, Island Rec board of commissioners


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