Aspinwall cracking down on dog park violators
Aspinwall Mayor Joe Noro at last week’s council meeting warned people to obey the borough’s off-leash dog park rules or “get a free ride in the back of a police cruiser.”
Noro said violators can initially be cited $25. If they fail to pay, or repeat the violation, citations can range from $110 to $1,000.
The Aspinwall Recreation Area doubles as a dog park from Nov. 1 to March 31. It is closed to four-legged friends during youth baseball season.
More than a few pet-lovers have broken the rules this summer, councilman David Borland said, adding that he’s had several uncomfortable conversations with violators.
Gentle reminders aren’t working, Noro said.
“People are giving a lot of lip about it,” he said.
“I was there last week and they were getting ready for a baseball game and someone’s dog was doing their business in the outfield. That’s not good for the kids.”
There is a sign posted on the park fence to remind people of the rules. Manager Melissa Lang-O’Malley suggested people call 911 and let police handle the situation rather than have a confrontation.
Residents in the meantime can walk dogs on leashes at Aspinwall Fireman’s Park at the top of Center Avenue. Dogs must be licensed and owners must pick up after them.
The off-leash park will reopen Nov. 1, after Fox Chapel Area Baseball Softball Association finishes its season.
Permits to use the dog park cost $10. Up to three dogs are allowed with each person, and they must be under the handler’s control at all times.
Garbage bins and plastic bags are provided at the park by the borough.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.