A year ago this week we published an article on dogs being prohibited from Conshohocken’s parks (except for the pay to use and hurting Conshohocken Dog Park). We were discussing this the other day with someone and the person asked what other municipalities allow. Something also just happened in Ambler that brought the issue back into the news. So below is a rundown of what is allowed or not allowed in nearby municipalities:
- Whitemarsh allows dogs in parks
- Plymouth allows dogs in parks
- Upper Merion allows dogs in parks
- Ambler just passed an ordinance allowing dogs in one park due to the demand of the residents (its not a dog park)
- Dogs are permitted in certain parks in Lower Merion (Lower Merion even has a “Off-Leash Program“)
- West Conshohocken allows dogs in one specific park
- Media doesn’t allow dogs in parks
- Bridgeport doesn’t allow dogs in parks
- Norristown allows dogs in parks
Now when we say allow, we are generalizing. A leash is always required (unless specifically noted) and the owner is supposed to pick-up after the dog. Some of the municipalities have more detailed rules about keeping a certain distance from playground equipment and ball fields.
It appears that that townships, which are generally larger than boroughs, are more open to dogs in parks. Boroughs are generally more restrictive, which could be due to their size and thus smaller parks.
So do you think dogs should be continued to be banned from Conshohocken’s parks or should a solution be found to allow them to be walked in parks on a leash?
Let us know in the comments.