Toronto neighborhood frustrated by disgust at its dog park
A Toronto dog park is practically a mud pit and area residents would love to see something done.
Cedarvale Dog Park is a great place to take dogs for an off-leash walk, but recently it has become nearly impossible to use, says dog walker Andrew Wood of Forest Hill Dog Walkers & Pet Services Ltd.
When Wood posted photos of the mess, calling it “disgusting and bordering on unusable,” community members responded.
“Wow, that is just awful, especially in such a beautiful area,” one person wrote.
Some said they did not bring their dog to the park due to the lack of care for the park.
And while Wood understands that there are bigger issues facing the city, he says the solution is simple and inexpensive. The city only has to add wood chips once a year, in the fall, to maintain the park.
“I don’t even see why it’s such a big request,” he says.
He contacted Councilor Josh Matlow and heard back, but a few weeks later the park is still a mess. So he decided to “rally” the community and was surprised at the response.
“There were 60 or 70 people who liked and commented throughout, but then got personal messages,” Wood said. “I didn’t even expect this type of community support to be such a response. I was just like, it has to be done.”
A spokesperson for the City of Toronto told blogTO the cedar mix wood chips are on their way.
“These specialty wood chips have been ordered and will be installed in approximately 6 to 8 weeks,” the spokesperson said. “Like all amenities in the park, off-leash dog areas require periodic maintenance, including refilling of surface materials, which is done as needed.”
The park is a very busy area and as a dog walker Wood enjoys bringing dogs here for guests who want their dogs to have some time off leash. He’s been going to Cedarvale for about 10 years and says it’s a constant problem. The gates were left in disrepair and a structure in the park was not completed until people complained.
He says the park should be a beautiful place and a source of pride for the community.
“This dog park is the best. It’s the best as long as they put in wood chips once a year. So it doesn’t reach that level,” he says.