We’re charging ahead in our petition drive, with more than 1,200 signatures collected so far. (A quick trip to the Chatfield dog park on Sunday yielded 50 more!) Three quick updates: ONE: We’re aiming to get as many names as possible before the next County Commissioners meeting, June 20.
A whopping 63 FEDP members and supporters came to yesterday’s JeffCo Board of Commissioners Meeting, many wearing our group’s signature white shirts. Unfazed by the commissioners’ decision to postpone the regular public comment period for nearly 2 hours (while they debated an unrelated land-use issue), we made a huge statement…
On April 13, the Canyon Courier reported that Doug Turner, FEDP vice president and director, presented new research to the Jefferson County Commissioners showing that the E. coli testing conducted by Open Space in our park’s creek was likely flawed, urging the commissioners to investigate discrepancies in the agency’s findings.
The Denver Post recently ran an article that (finally!) reached past the juicy “poop” headline to start a more important discussion: “Yes, dog parks can be poop pastures, but are they unsafe?”
On March 30, the Denver Post published a letter from FEDP’s Karen Morales, “Rash decision to close Evergreen’s Elk Meadow dog park.” Three days later, the Post ran two more letters concerning our park:
Monday’s Denver Post featured an op-ed piece–what the paper calls a Guest Commentary–from FEDP vice president Douglas Turner.
FEDP’s #BARKBACK Rally and Walk went off without a hitch yesterday, garnering some good coverage for our group in several media outlets, including Fox News Denver, CBS Denver, Channel 7, 9News, and The Denver Post.
Judi Quackenboss, founder of the original “Bark Park” at the Evergreen Dog Park, held a small ceremony on Thursday to officially remove the plaque she’d had installed in 2001 to commemorate her late son, John, and establish a leash-free park in his memory.
FEDP was featured in several news stories yesterday, including pieces in The Denver Post, The Denverite, and 9News. All follow a story that Fox News ran last month—and are (hopefully) the start of much more news coverage.
This is a great start! We’ve made the Denver Post’s daily “Roundup” page. To quote: “The Evergreen off-leash dog park that was shut down over dog poop, then briefly reopened, will shut down fully and permanently — and residents aren’t having it.”