Trial dog free area at Jacob Smith Park

Harrogate Borough Council has been made aware of a number of issues involving dogs being off lead, causing worry or injury to children, park users and/or other dogs.

A dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them.
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Further to discussions with the Trustees of Jacob Smith Park, local councillors, the Friends of Jacob Smith Park and users of the park we have erected a small area of cut grass and temporary fencing to the left of the park entrance as you come in. We are asking dog walkers not take dogs within the fenced area. This will create a dog free space for children to play, and people to have picnics etc.

We have re-used some temporary plastic fencing which has been previously been used elsewhere. This means there will be no cost and no environmental impact of buying new fencing. We do understand that the orange plastic fencing is not in keeping with the ambience of the park, but it will only be used for the duration of the trial.

The area is small, taking up less than 3% of the park’s area so will not make an appreciable difference to the space available for dog walkers and others using the park.

The trial will run for 6 weeks until Tuesday 27th September 2022.

Q2Why do you visit the park?   Please tick all that apply
Q3How often do you visit the park?
Q4Did you use the dog free area during the trial?
Q5If the fenced area was made permanent, would this encourage you to use the park more often?
Q6Have you personally experienced issues with a poorly controlled dog in Jacob Smith Park causing worry or injury to children, park users or other dogs?
Q7If you have experienced issues with a poorly controlled dog in Jacob Smith Park, did you report it?  Tick all that apply
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