woof, woof wrote:Am I the only one who has noticed a huge increase in the "dog traffic" through Beech Road Park during the last 12 months. All I can hear from 7am to 10pm at night is dogs barking and it seems to be the same ones who are regularily using the park, which seems to have become a dog pound. I dont even live directly next to it, so I feel sorry for those that do and have to endure this selfish behaviour.
Is it not bad enough that I have to walk my daughter to school, carefully avoiding the urine and dog faeces along the way and when I go down the meadows observe the beautiful sight of dog faeces carefully bagged up and hung from the trees.
At least I am reassured by these owners when their muts approach my 5 year old daughter that their dogs are friendly and wont bite her, WOW, I am so pleased!!!!!!
Here's some more facts for you.
The park is maintained mainly by the friends of the Beech road committee. There is some council cleaning up done, but since the cuts, one worker has to do several parks so much of it is done on a volunteer basis as there is so little money.
The chair is a friendly elderly lady who has a dog, Missy, you may have seen her about with a walking frame. She tirelessly organises events in the park, you may have been to one of them yourself.
One of my friend's volunteers nearly every weekend to garden in the park, her partner makes the notice boards (all at their own time and expense). They're keen dog owners too.
Have you ever seen a slim Irish man in the morning with his three legged dog? He picks up litter left by kids the day/night before every single morning. He inspired me to do the same.
So you see, there's an army of people looking after the park that you never see. Almost all of them happen to be dog walkers & owners.
There is I'll admit always a few bad apples that spoil it for everyone else. Annoyingly I trod in some dog crap the other day whilst picking up after my own dog, and it is so irritating.
But in the main, the park is pretty good and well maintained. We're lucky in Chorlton, there's an unofficial self policing policy, many of us dog owners, if we see someone not pick up after themselves, we'll ask them politely if they want a poo bag.
I've done it and I know my friends have. We even often pick up others peoples dog poo. I even heard that the Irish fella had a word with the chip shop owner who was well known never to pick up after his two vicious looking boxers.
Many of us use Beech rd park every single day, when you're inside in Winter, when it's dark and cold and rainy, we're out there with our dogs and 99% clean up after ourselves and others.