The City of Sheridan recently began to erect fences at Lion’s Park on North Sheridan Avenue. The partitions will contain a “leash free” area for dogs. The first “dog park” in Sheridan has created quite a stir among neighborhood residents. Sheridan Public Works Director Nic Bateson was taken off guard by the neighborhood response.
Prior to the creation of the dog park, Lion’s Park only had fencing on one and a half sides. The new “leash free” area would be totally enclosed and should increase safety for all park users. Councilor Steve Brantz has reservations about the idea.
Former City Councilor Tom Kinnison spoke to the Council and feels that education could mitigate many of the concerns voiced by neighbors.
Several residents suggested that certain hours be established when dogs would not be allowed in the park. That would allow for a time when children could play in the park without worrying about having an encounter with a canine.
The City Council will revisit the issue within a year to see if the project is a success.