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Beline Obeid

October 03, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s walkies for dogs this fall and winter at Pier Park.

They’re granted leashed, off-season access to the park on a trial basis.

“The intent of allowing leashed dogs in Pier Park is to give people another venue to walk their dogs,” said Shane Reeside, Grosse Pointe Farms manager.

Members of the parks and harbor committee suggested the idea. They want to let people walk their dogs in the park during months the swimming pool is closed.

“We have a lot of walkers in this community who have dogs,” Reeside said.

Pet owners violating the leash mandate risk revocation of park passes.

“We’re going to enforce the rule,” said Councilman Peter Waldmeir, chairman of the parks committee. “If they’re off a leash, they’ll get a warning. If they’re off the leash again, we’re going to take away your park pass. They can appeal to the parks and harbor committee if they want.”

Currently, dogs are prohibited from the park unless they’re being walked on a leash to boats in the marina during summer months.

“It’s a nice place to go for a walk,” said Mayor James Farquhar. “Keep it on a leash, it’s fine.”

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