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Residents rail against park

New off-leash dog area causing concern

If Eve Rollet de Darantes gets her way, a new fenced enclosure at South Arm Park will not have a dog's chance of becoming permanent.

The daily park user has started a petition against the new off-leash dog enclosure behind the South Arm Park pool and, as of Thursday, more than 400 people have signed.

Rollet de Darantes said the enclosure takes up a large chunk of the last remaining open, green space in the park.

City spokesperson Ted Townsend said the enclosure is a pilot project and is being done with the approval of the South Arm Community Association board.

He said a similar pilot project at Dover Park was dismantled because feedback was negative, but other new dog parks have been positively received.

Numerous calls for comment from the community association board were not returned by the News' deadline Thursday.

Rollet de Darantes, who says she is a dog lover, suggested two other locations for the off-leash dog enclosure: The open space on the 9000 block of Williams Road or the green space on Saunders Road, between Osterley Park and Heritage Park.