Bag dispensers for dog waste have been installed in Wahby Park ahead of the amendment of an ordinance that will allow dogs to be walked in the park, which is located south of 10 Mile Road, on the east side of Jefferson Avenue.

Bag dispensers for dog waste have been installed in Wahby Park ahead of the amendment of an ordinance that will allow dogs to be walked in the park, which is located south of 10 Mile Road, on the east side of Jefferson Avenue.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


St. Clair Shores City Council takes action to allow dogs in park

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 30, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ending a long-standing prohibition, the City Council voted in April to change the ordinance to allow dogs to be walked on a leash through Wahby Park, on Jefferson Avenue south of 10 Mile Road.

“With the park being right along Jefferson, people walking their dogs along Jefferson, it’s natural,” said Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman. “People seem to be enjoying it.”

In some cases, he said, he believes that people were already walking their dogs through the park, so it seemed like a good idea to install dog waste cleanup bags and receptacles and to legalize the practice.

Councilwoman Candice Rusie agreed that walkers were already taking their dogs through the park because of its plaza-like feel.

“We want more people having fun on the Nautical Mile, going for walks and just being there, and this helps make it a destination,” she said. “I think this is a nice move in the right direction for the Nautical Mile.”

At Wahby Park, dog owners don’t have to worry about children running on playgrounds and the potential conflict with dogs, even on a leash, she said, because there is no playground at the park.

The ordinance, approved by a 6-0 vote at the April 15 City Council meeting, requires dogs to be on a 6-foot leash in the park.

Councilman Chris Vitale suggested that the city install a sign reminding visitors of the city ordinance requiring them to pick up their dog’s waste, which is in effect throughout the city.

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