BOUNTIFUL—Residents of this city will now be allowed to do something some have already been doing for years--take their leashed dogs into city parks.
City council has approved amendments to the Bountiful Municipal Code regarding dogs in parks. It allows dogs that “are in direct control of the owner” access to parks as long as they are leashed and meet certain requirements. The amendments do not change the restriction on animals in the Bountiful City Cemetery, where they will still be prohibited.
The ordinance change states that dogs are allowed in all city parks if they are leashed and under control of their owners, that leashes must be no more than six feet in length, and that no more than two dogs per owner or keeper are permitted. Each dog must be properly registered with the license tag affixed to a collar that must be worn at all times.
“An owner or keeper of any dog shall not allow, permit or suffer a dog to be inside the designated boundary of a playground or sandbox,” the ordinance reads, “or any play structure or component, inside any designated water play area or component; inside the boundary of a tennis, pickelball or volleyball court, or a baseball diamond or any other sports court.”
Dogs cannot be fastened or tethered to any tree, bench or equipment in the park. Most importantly, all animal waste shall be immediately removed by the owner or keeper, and placed in a city waste container.
In that regard, the city is looking into purchasing “dog stations” that supply bags for animal waste pickup and disposal. The stations are common in many municipal dog park areas in Utah and wherever similar leash laws are permitted. They cost about $300 each, and city officials estimate the need for about 27 of them within the city park system. Purchase and installation of those stations could come in the future, but was not part of the action taken on the ordinance.