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New committee weighs dog issues on Common, in Public Garden

Posted by Sara Brown  August 30, 2011 01:05 PM

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The Friends of the Public Garden, the non-profit advocacy group that looks after the Public Garden, the Boston Common, and the Commonwealth Avenue mall, is asking dog owners to weigh in about how they use the public spaces.

In a new survey, the organization said that they have formed a new committee that will work with the Boston Parks Department to look at issues surrounding dogs in the parks, including requests for an off-leash dog area.

The organization will work with neighborhood associations, dog owners, park users and people with dogs, they said.

In the survey, the organization notes that "many of you would like to have a Boston Common off-leash area on the parade ground near the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets," but adds that extensive turf restoration in 2007 means that space will not be under consideration as on-off-leash area.

The survey asks dog-owners about which of the parks they use to walk or socialize their dogs, how often, and at what times, as well as questions about dog ownership, current off-leash areas and laws, and additional comments and areas of concern.

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