by Christine Kim
Sunday, May 30, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- There's a growing fight over an East Anchorage dog park.
Anchorage Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson says several of her constituents are complaining about the lack of parking at University Lake Park, one of five leash-free dog parks in the city. But the park's neighbor, Alaska Pacific University, also has concerns -- about the dogs.
Dog owners who regularly visit the park describe it as a heaven for dogs, but they say they wish there was more parking available. With the parking lot full Sunday, many cars were parked in the fire lane outside the park.
While dog owners try to get into the park, however, its neighbors want to keep dogs from getting out. They say something needs to be done to prevent dogs from straying beyond park boundaries.
Assembly Chair Dick Traini says he's not ready to end dog owners' use of the park.