By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune

Last update: July 26

On one side are staunch dog advocates who believe an off-leash park on a portion of Martin Luther King Memorial Park in south Minneapolis is just the thing they need to exercise and socialize their pooches.

On the other are those who believe the 18 1/2-acre park is hallowed ground, named for the greatest civil rights leader in American history, and not a place where dogs should run loose.

“This was supposed to be a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King,” says Ed Christopher, 84, a retired postal clerk, who circulated petitions against a dog park. “They don’t send dogs into a veterans cemetery.”

Park officials asked both sides to meet last week to discuss the proposal. An informal poll by meeting organizers found 47 in favor of an enclosed dog park on the King site, 30 against, and three maybes.

On one side are staunch dog advocates who believe an off-leash park on a portion of Martin Luther King Memorial Park in south Minneapolis is just the thing they need to exercise and socialize their pooches.

On the other are those who believe the 18 1/2-acre park is hallowed ground, named for the greatest civil rights leader in American history, and not a place where dogs should run loose.

“This was supposed to be a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King,” says Ed Christopher, 84, a retired postal clerk, who circulated petitions against a dog park. “They don’t send dogs into a veterans cemetery.”

Park officials asked both sides to meet last week to discuss the proposal. An informal poll by meeting organizers found 47 in favor of an enclosed dog park on the King site, 30 against, and three maybes.

Read more from the article here.  To learn more about the Kingfield Dogpark proposal read here.

Comments

2 Responses to “Dog park idea vs. ‘sacred ground’”

  1. Bridget Sivanich on July 27th, 2010 6:24 PM

    As Martin Luther King said himself:
    His words, “One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.” clearly demonstrate his deep love for all living creatures.
    Since when did dogs become a disrespect to any park or monument. Is Martin Luther King buried at the park? It’s not a cemetary, it’s a park for the community, children, birds, squirels and our tail wagging dogs…free and off leash.

  2. Jake on July 28th, 2010 10:19 AM

    If dogs were in charge would they have a park for us?

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