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Dogs are canis non grata on playgrounds

SALEM — Dogs will now be prohibited from any playground areas in the park system.

In response to concerns raised by Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith, the parks commission Wednesday approved the rule aimed at keeping dogs away from children and their playground equipment. Chairman John Panezott said the action is for the health and safety of the children by reducing the possibility of dog bites and eliminating dog waste where children play.

Parks Director Shane Franks said signs will be posted at the playground areas and posts can be installed near the areas on which to attach dogs on leashes.

Dogs are permitted in the parks, but must be kept on a leash. There is also a dog park at Memorial Park.

“We welcome dogs at all our parks, just not in the playgrounds,” Panezott said.

In other business, Franks said park officials are working with Emmanuel Lutheran Church to refurbish the Swings & Things Playground at Centennial Park June 26. Anyone wishing to help can contact Franks at 330-271-8913. Materials will be provided.

Franks also reported the Paul Headland Field dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 8. The softball field, previously known as Memorial North at Waterworth Memorial Park, has been renamed to honor the beloved Salem High School softball coach and teacher who passed away in 2017.

khowell@salemnews.net

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