You didn’t think the problem of “dog feces” in the toddler area at Carroll Park we posted about yesterday was going to just go away? Nah. This is the kind of, uh, shit, that draws attention. And that it did. This email from Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association:
The response to the dog v toddler issue has been terrific- thanks for all the suggestions! In case you didn’t get to read all of them, I have made a short list of the recommendations and actions taken:….
1. Paul Nelson (Joan Millman’s COS) has alerted the Parks Dept. There will be new signs posted all thru the park.
2. Kathleen Henderson (CP Park Activity Director) recommends alerting the on site Park staff, telling the police and calling 311 each time there is a problem.
As this is a particularly irritating quality of life issue, I am happy for the support of Joan’s office, Parks and the 76th. (Yes, the Park is locked every night, although I don’t know how early it is opened in the mornings.)
I don’t have a dog, and personally find the idea of toddlers crawling around, putting things in their mouth, in an area where dog poop has been scooped off the ground rather revolting. That said, I wonder if there’s a dog run in the neighborhood. Perhaps in addition to all the other excellent suggestions and steps, someone can post a sign with the address of the nearest dog run so dog owners know they have an open space alternative to the playgrounds.
While I find it highly unlikely that the city would build and maintain a new dog run in this economy, there’s no harm in asking. If there isn’t a convenient dog run in the neighborhood, perhaps parent-dog owners can suggest its creation. Having grown up with two big dogs, a German Sheppard and an Alaskan Malamute, I feel for city dog owners whose pets needs a place to play. But I am actually shocked that anyone ever thought the toddler playground was an appropriate location for doggy play dates.
We will provide other upates on the “feces” issue as warranted.