The plan to reduce the off-leash dog area at Auditorium Shores has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Board.
The final design, which will be presented to City Council Thursday, has another modification in an effort to keep dog owners happy, but instead it's causing them to bark back.
After two hours and 20 public comments, the board proposed a recommendation to modify the design plan by revising the land development code.
They are asking City Council to consider having all new multi-family housing include a dog park or dog run. That would be in addition to the plan of reducing the off-leash area from 17-acres to four. As well as the removal of the concrete walkway to provide more open space.
It was a 5 to 1 vote by the Parks and Recreation Board in favor of the final design. But the $3.5 million project is not welcome by dog owners, who say shrinking the area will cause more problems.
One reason Parks and Recreation are considering making these changes are for safety concerns. They hope this would eliminate problems between dogs, runners, cyclists and children.
Once the design is approved by City Council, construction on Auditorium Shores will start as soon as this month and won't end until March of 2015.