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Animal advocates ask support for dog parks at Silverthorne meeting

Sally Beerup - League of Animals and People of the Summit

The League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) is asking anyone who is interested in the creation of dog parks in Summit County to attend the 6 p.m. March 16 meeting at the Silverthorne Town Hall.

The master plan for the four new park areas in Silverthorne will prioritize the various interest groups’ potential usage, so there needs to be a significant show of support for dog parks in order to be included in the future agenda.

Dog parks should be a priority consideration for every town in Summit County (and the county itself, naturally).



Creating locally based recreation potential for locals and visitors means inclusive master plans.

Inclusive master plans address all groups of participants, and dog owners are a very large portion of the population in Summit County.



The potential for dog-friendly tourism is not to be overlooked, either. Breckenridge has led the way with designation of Carter Park as a “dog-friendly” facility.

You don’t see people specifically traveling from Silverthorne just to use the facilities, but then there is still a general feeling of “welcome” for dogs in most local Silverthorne parks.

We are, however, concerned that future code enforcement may restrict dog owners from access to their local parks (off-leash or otherwise).

Construction costs for a dog park are lower than those for a children’s park (no equipment needed) and visiting dog owners tend to police themselves very well, so maintenance costs tend to be lower, too.

Dog parks should be a priority in parks and recreation master plans for every town in Summit County. Please take the time to come to the meeting and voice your opinion.

Sally Beerup

League of Animals and People of the Summit


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