Raleigh bans dogs from playgrounds but tables other park restrictions

March 18, 2014 

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The Raleigh City Council has postponed a vote on restrictions to keep dogs off local athletic fields.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday to ban dogs from playground areas in city parks.

The council didn’t, however, decide on several more controversial restrictions on dogs – including a pet ban at athletic fields and sports facilities and a requirement that leashes be 6 feet or shorter on greenways and in parks. Those rules have been sent back to an appointed parks board for further review.

The debate began after reports that a small fenced-in playground in the Oakwood neighborhood was being used as a dog park. Most pet owners who spoke at public hearings didn’t object to the playground ban, but they said the leash rules and athletic field ban would be too restrictive in a city that offers only three dog parks.

While some council members said they’re still willing to consider a leash requirement, Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said she’ll vote against it. “There are a lot of responsible people who use retractable leashes on the greenway,” she said.

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